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Commercial lease renewal? Ok to negotiate?

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Commercial lease renewal? Ok to negotiate?

Hello,

Looking for some info on how to proceed with the commercial lease renewal?

We are currently leasing a warehouse and office space in Vaughan, have been there for 5+ years now. Our lease cost was reasonably steady in first years, but for past 3 years landlord started to raise the price claiming maintenance increases by the condo corporation. Our neighbouring units are owned, when we spoke with the owners they said that corporation has not raised maintenance costs in a long time now, plus there is no actual repairs/maintenance that landlord does inside our unit.
Our lease is still quite reasonable compared to other available units in the area, so it might be that they are trying to make up their returns on their investment.

What would be the best way to negotiate a new lease agreement if they try to increase the cost again? Would we just ask them to send in a new lease and just counter offer? Just don't want to be taken advantage of specially in this tough times, and don't want to spook the landlord so they don't renew our lease.

Thanks for your help :)
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Certain warehousing space right now is in very high demand and moves fairly quickly, especially certain sq. ft. range and if you have specific zoning and multiple available uses. It's probably a case of where the landlord is looking get up to market because he/she knows they can get more money if you move.
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fabricatordog wrote: Hello,

Looking for some info on how to proceed with the commercial lease renewal?

We are currently leasing a warehouse and office space in Vaughan, have been there for 5+ years now. Our lease cost was reasonably steady in first years, but for past 3 years landlord started to raise the price claiming maintenance increases by the condo corporation. Our neighbouring units are owned, when we spoke with the owners they said that corporation has not raised maintenance costs in a long time now, plus there is no actual repairs/maintenance that landlord does inside our unit.
Our lease is still quite reasonable compared to other available units in the area, so it might be that they are trying to make up their returns on their investment.

What would be the best way to negotiate a new lease agreement if they try to increase the cost again? Would we just ask them to send in a new lease and just counter offer? Just don't want to be taken advantage of specially in this tough times, and don't want to spook the landlord so they don't renew our lease.

Thanks for your help :)
do some research on nearby lease costs
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RichmondCA wrote: Certain warehousing space right now is in very high demand and moves fairly quickly, especially certain sq. ft. range and if you have specific zoning and multiple available uses. It's probably a case of where the landlord is looking get up to market because he/she knows they can get more money if you move.
One of you can educate me on this: is a commercial lease not different than a residential lease in Ontario in that you are not limited to specified annual increases? Now that the lease is due, can the landlord not simply make a new offer at market or whatever he thinks he can get and the OP can take it or leave it? The OP would by wise then to play ball and negotiate a favourable long term lease if possible? I may be wrong, I am asking the question.
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aeromortgage wrote: One of you can educate me on this: is a commercial lease not different than a residential lease in Ontario in that you are not limited to specified annual increases? Now that the lease is due, can the landlord not simply make a new offer at market or whatever he thinks he can get and the OP can take it or leave it? The OP would by wise then to play ball and negotiate a favourable long term lease if possible? I may be wrong, I am asking the question.
You are not wrong. When the lease is over the landlord can ask whatever they want and the tenant has to pay or go. The exception to that is if there was an option to renew in the lease at a pre-determined rate. It's the exact opposite of a residential lease. In commercial, the landlord has all the power.
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HghSsociety wrote: You are not wrong. When the lease is over the landlord can ask whatever they want and the tenant has to pay or go. The exception to that is if there was an option to renew in the lease at a pre-determined rate. It's the exact opposite of a residential lease. In commercial, the landlord has all the power.
Thank you. This is what I thought. Better rules for landlords but may be harder to fill vacancies depending on demand/area.
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