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WebCredenza 2024 Percentage rent leases in commercial real estate

Total Credits: 1.2 Self Study

Practice Area:
Real Property


Recording available after the original program date, 7/12/2024    

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. 

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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 GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.


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