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2022 Common Area Maintenance, Insurance, & Taxes Provisions in Commercial Leases

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

Practice Area:
Real Property
Audio and Video


Recording available after original program date, 11/10/2022

Common area expenses (CAM) are part of virtually every office and retail lease. These expenses cover everything from parking lots and reception areas to common meeting spaces and restrooms.  In triple net leases, landlords seek to recover these expenses from tenants.  This can be a significant component of a tenant’s lease expense.The scope of CAM, caps or other limitations, and audit rights are highly negotiated. Landlords and lenders are often reluctant to give any concessions. This program will provide you with a practical guide to negotiating and drafting CAM provisions in commercial leases.

•    Scope of common area maintenance (CAM) expenses
•    Relationship to minimum maintenance standards
•    Treatment of taxes and insurance
•    Differentiating operating v. capital expenses in CAM recovery
•    Caps on CAM, fixed CAM, gross-up considerations
•    Audit and information rights for CAM
•    Understanding landlord, lender, and tenant motivations and concerns

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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