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2022 Percentage Rent Leases in Commercial Real Estate

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

Practice Area:
Real Property
Audio and Video


Recording available after original program date, 7/14/2022

Percentage rent is used in retail leases where the landlord has bargaining power to demand a share of the tenant’s economic gains.  Demand for retail space may be high or a landlord’s specific location may be particularly attractive such that the tenant is willing to pay not only a fixed amount of rent but a share of its gross revenue.  These types of leases require a sophisticated understanding of the underlying economics of tenant’s business. These leases also require very careful drafting. How is gross revenue defined?  Is there a minimum amount or a maximum amount?  How are these numbers verified?  And what are all the related protections for the landlord or the tenant?  This program will provide you with a practical guide to negotiating and drafting percentage leases.

•    Circumstances where percentage rent is commonly seen
•    Economics of percentage rent – landlord and tenant perspectives
•    Defining key terms – “gross sales,” exclusions, percent of rent
•    Determining thresholds – minimum rent, sliding scales
•    Financial reporting and audit rights
•    Important related provisions – non-competition, continuous use, payment terms

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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