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Lease Leverage 

Many property owners continue to be weakened by the languishing commercial real estate market. Falling rental values, declining occupancy rates, and maturing loans with no readily available replacement financing all are affecting landlords&rsquo bottom lines and eroding their equity. For

Taming Tough Tenants 

At one multifamily property, a tenant subleases his apartment to a rock band that practices into the early morning hours. In another building, good renters are decamping to a nearby complex with lower rents. Several occupants in a high rise

Prepare to Work Out 

In the past two years, many businesses and individuals have sought relief from contract obligations entered into during better times. They have received much advice on how to proceed to work out their difficulties. To those of you on the

Seven Steps to Lease Renogotiations 

In a perfect world, all property owners and managers would know and understand their tenants' current economic conditions and future business prospects. Tenants would be able to predict business slowdowns and use that knowledge to accumulate financial cushions to survive

Landlord Strategies for Handling Rent Relief Requests 

The ongoing recession has had a profound impact on commercial real estate throughout the United States More and more landlords and tenants are struggling to survive. As a result, most property managers have noticed a significant uptick in the number

Risky Business 

Moving forward, investment risk does not center on how likely a tenant is to default within 12 to 18 months, which is the general timeframe of a corporate credit rating. The concern is how likely the lease contract is to perform over its entire life, which may be 10 years or longer. Most businesses that rely heavily on real estate in their day-to-day operations prefer leasing to ownership for managing their real estate locations. Among the many reasons for this preference are the cost of capital and corporate flexibility.

Safe Way 

When it comes to construction industry standards, &ldquo green&rdquo does not always equal clean. Developers and investors potentially can increase profits by selecting building materials that are safer both in terms of environmental and tenant concerns. Similar to how organic