Questions to Ask a Landlord

Very excited to hear about your business. Remember this is a negotiation. Landlords are willing to pay a lot of money to get a client. That means they will give you free rent, tenant improvements etc to get a good company in their center.

You are also selling yourself. A Landlord is thinking: Is this a tenant I want in my space? Will they help or hurt my center? Are they going to drive traffic? Will they pay rent on time? Am I willing to spend my own money to get these guys as a tenant and is it going to be worth it? Should I spend $2,000 on a coffee shop or $15,000 on a juice bar? The more of these questions YOU can answer, the more likely they are going to choose you as a tenant.

Questions to ask yourself (because the Landlord might ask you this):
Do you have $$ for Tenant improvements? How are you going to pay to open the coffee shop?
Do you have insurance in place?
Who is going to guarantee the lease? You? Your company? etc.
Do you have corporation formed to sign the lease (to limit your liability?)
Credit score ready (they will probably ask)?
Do you have last 3 years of financials?
Do you have current sales or pitch deck why your company is going to crush it and always pay rent on time? Marketing plan?
If not do you have your financials/bank accounts etc ready? If they ask?
You should ask what some other tenants in the area are paying for rent. Ask in $$ per square foot if possible.
Do you have a space plan or what your requirements will be (bar area, machines, sinks, prep areas, seating, tables, etc.

To Ask the Landlord (need to know):
How much is monthly rent?
What does it cover?
NNN or Gross?
% of Sales?
Utilities? Which ones?
Insurance or taxes?
What are insurance requirements (for tenants)?
Lease Guarantee?
Lease Term?
Signage Provisions?
Security Deposit?

To Ask the Landlord (To Get Leverage):
TI allowance? What are you offering?
Free Rent?
What is current demand for space? Have you signed any deals yet?
Holdover provisions?
Subleasing provisions?
Lease Commission? Will you pay my broker?
What did the last tenant pay for space?
Will you process tenant improvement plans on my behalf?

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