Our commercial tenants have asked us to consider installing insulation in the ceiling of the shop. I’ve told the property manager to get quotes but I am a little uneasy about shelling out for this cost of this. It is likely to cost double the cash flow profit that we get per annum.
We are already receiving above market rent by a few dollars per week and it is a small husband and wife team business that have been been in this space almost 2 years.
I don’t want to say no outright, but from a returns perspective I am inclined to reject this based on the fact it would abolish our profit.
I wanted to hear the thoughts of other, more seasoned, commercial landlords.
I’ve had a quick search through the forum and could not locate any similar enquiries. Thank youCorey BattParticipant@cjaysaJoin Date: 2012Post Count: 1,010
The lease says:
“7. Operating Expenses (delete if applicable)
(i) The lessee agrees to pay the relevant proportion of operating expenses (as defined in the retail shops act) for the premises as set out below: (operating expenses are exclusive of GST, see clause 33)
Grounds repairs and maintenance
Building repairs and maintenance of a non-structural nature
Air-conditioning running, repairs and maintenance
other” (is struck through)
So I am not entirely sure where insulation falls… perhaps at lease renewal (March 2016) I can ask the agent to include ‘Other’ and specify insulation?
BTW it is a standard 2013 REIWA commercial lease, so I didn’t list out all the included operating expenses that the lessee pays, I just listed the ones that might relate to insulation. The relevant proportion refers to the proportions per strata property.Andrew PittParticipant@andrewpittJoin Date: 2015Post Count: 21
offer to split the cost 50/50 perhaps? It will improve the quality of the property and the tenant can subsidise the enhancements
Enhancing Commercial Property to Empower BusinessSteven ThomasParticipant@stevenrobertthomasJoin Date: 2014Post Count: 5
With commercial RE as long as it’s not illegal, than any deal you make is as good as any other. i.e you don’t need to pay for it, if the tenant wants it, than they pay for it.
So it’s up to you. Do you want happier tenants? Andrew’s 50-50 is a good idea. depend on the tenant though.
I know this post was from dec, so OP how did you get on?
Thanks for your contribution. Since then they had some other demands too: on top of the insulation they wanted new glass windows, and a new back door. We declined the insulation & windows but gave them a ‘mates rates’ quote for window replacement from a friend if they wanted to go ahead (which they did) and we agreed to pay 100% for replacement of the back door (there was an OH&S concern with door getting stuck closed)… They have taken up a further 3yr option so I perceive they are happy at present.VernSParticipant@vernsJoin Date: 2015Post Count: 9
@azalia, these are things which is worth making sure you get into the lease before they sign it…
It’s worth negotiating… I would have said yes I’ll pay for it but I will increase your rent a little just to cover the cost of it… since it was their request and it’s making their business more pleasant to be in (I’m guessing warmer in winter cooler in summer).
Either way – with a new lease in place even if you didn’t put it up, now it a good time to get it revalued because it may mean there is an uplift which you can use to invest elsewhere.
Scott No MatesParticipant@scott-no-matesJoin Date: 2005Post Count: 3,856
- This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by VernS. Reason: spelling
Rent increase is annual by CPI which, this year was applied as 1.3%