You can work it one of two ways in retail/commercial lease negotiations - hire an attorney or handle the negotiations yourself.
There is a third alternate however - hiring a Real Estate Paralegal who has worked in retail negotiations for eight (8) years for a large retailer.
If you are an owner of a retail/commercial center and have been negotiating the leases of your tenants on your own - below are a few items that you should think about in your negotiations:
•· Common Area Rules & Regulations for all Tenants - do you have fines if tenants do not conform to the rules and regulations;
•· What about "go dark" language - you don't not want your tenants to be able to close - your center will look like it is vacant even thought rent is still being paid - if it is still being paid;
•· Do you have conforming sign criteria for the entire center;
•· What is the centers hold harmless language - are you actually covered if something happens;
•· Do you as a Landlord have the right after completion of new space to recalculate the floor area of the Leased Premises so that the rent can be adjusted to reflect a larger space;
•· Does your lease specify how the space is to be turned over at expiration of lease;
•· Do you hold the right to approve tenants plans;
•· Do you hold the right of contractor approval;
•· Do you reserve the right to have tenant refresh the interior if they have been in the space for five years or more;
•· Are you specific in your Tenants default language
This list goes on ...
Feel free to contact me - I work on a contract per lease fee basis.