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The acceptance by the tenant of the existing condition of the premises at the time the lease is consummated. This would include any physical defects.

An approach taken to lease space by a property owner where a new building is designed and constructed per the tenant's specifications.

The space improvements put in place per the tenant's specifications. Takes into consideration the amount of Tenant Finish Allowance provided for in the lease agreement.

Common Area Maintenance (CAM): This is the amount of additional rent charged to the tenant, in addition to the base rent to maintain the common areas of the property shared by the tenants and from which all tenants benefit. Examples include: snow removal, outdoors lighting, parking lot sweeping, insurances property taxes, etc.

Gross Lease: A lease in which the tenant pays a flat sum for rent out of which the land lord must pay all expenses such as taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, etc.

Triple Net (NNN) Lease: A lease in which the tenant pays, in addition to the rent, certain costs associated with a leased property, which may include property taxes, insurance premiums, repairs, utilities, and maintenances. There are also net leases, and NN leases, depending upon the degree to which the tenant is responsible for operating costs.

A set amount used as a minimum rent in a lease with provisions for increasing the rent over the term of the lease.

The acronym for "Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning".

Although there are many variations of operating expense escalation clauses, all are intended to adjust rents by reference to external standards such as published indexes, negotiated wage levels, or expenses related to the ownership and operation of the buildings.

A clause giving a tenant the right to extend the term of the lease, usually for a stated period of time and at a rent amount provided for in the option language.

Improvements made to the leased premises by or for a tenant. Generally, especially in new space, part of the negotiations will include in some detail the improvements to be made in the leased premises by the landlord.

In general, Usable Square Footage is the fully enclosed space that is available for the exclusive use of a tenant. The Usable Square Footage equals the Net Square Footage (the square footage of all rooms) + the Circulation Factor (the spaces necessary to allow occupants to circulate, such as hallways).