Monday, March 14, 2011

10 Leasing I sights - Tip #8

Dan Oster - Industrial SpecialistPosted by: Dan Oster
Industrial Specialist
775 336 4665

As a member of the Industrial Properties Group, Dan has participated in the sales and leasing of a wide variety of Industrial properties from 1,000 to 700,000 sqft in Northern Nevada. Dan's primary goal is to provide unsurpassed customer service to the clients he represents.

~10 Leasing Insights ~
Broker tips to better deals

Tip # 8
Trade Fixtures vs. Tenant Improvements

The shell of a building (floor, roof, walls and basic systems like heat) are often called the envelope. Everything inside the envelope falls into one of two categories – Trade Fixtures or Tenant Improvements. Tenant Improvements (TIs) include the office space, restrooms or any other generic improvements to a building that any future tenant will typically utilize. Trade Fixtures are the improvements specific to a user’s business. These might include ovens in a commercial kitchen or machines in a factory. By law, as soon as something gets permanently attached to the envelope, it becomes a part of the building and is owned by the landlord – unless it’s a Trade Fixture which remains the tenant’s personal property.

BROKER INSIGHT: Nothing in life is always black or white. The line between TIs and Trade Fixtures is no exception. If a standard user needs 5 -10% office improvements in a warehouse, and you need 25%, 50% or 75%, the question of who pays for the excess build-out in what proportion will make or break a deal. In practice, a variety of factors may include, tenant’s credit, market condition, LL’s cash position and many others, determine who pays for TIs. Often finding a building with the required improvements already in place will go a long way towards getting a functional space for your business at a price you can afford.

Next Tip.... How Much Space Do You Need?

Last Tip... Representation

No comments: