For many healthcare tenants, negotiating a good lease or lease renewal against an experienced agent or landlord can be a challenge. While a doctor focuses on proper patient care, savvy real estate agents and brokers are specialized sales people. Their job is to sell tenants on leasing their location at the highest possible rental rate.
As explained in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES, tenants may go through the leasing process only two or three times in their entire lifetime – yet they have to negotiate against seasoned professionals who negotiate leases every day for a living. Negotiating appropriate leasing terms is vital for a doctor as the amount of rent he pays will directly affect the practice’s financial bottom line.
Whether you are leasing a new location for the first time or negotiating a lease renewal for your practice, these are some money-saving tips for healthcare tenants:
Negotiate to Win: All too frequently, healthcare tenants enter into lease negotiations unprepared and do not even try winning the negotiations. Also, healthcare tenants often mistakenly set their sights on just striking a fair deal. This usually plays right into the hands of the leasing agent – the agent works for the landlord and is most certainly negotiating to win the best deal for his boss. If you’re not negotiating to win … you won’t. It’s okay to negotiate assertively!
Allow Sufficient Time: For a new location lease agreement, get started 9 – 12 months in advance to avoid unexpected situations and delays. Lease renewal negotiations should begin between 12 – 15 months before the lease term expires. In the case of lease renewal negotiations, if you can’t get a decent renewal rate, would you rather find out that you need to move with six weeks or six months left? When allowing for ample time in both cases, this will give you sufficient opportunities to look around and do your homework. Time will be your ally or your enemy – depending on how you use it.
Be Prepared to Walk Away: Try to set aside your emotions and make objective decisions. Whoever most needs to make a lease deal will give up the most concessions … tenant or landlord. Developing a mindset that includes walking away from any deal that doesn’t suit your needs will save you time, aggravation, and money.
For a copy of our free CD, Leasing Do’s & Don’ts for Commercial Tenants, please e-mail request to JeffGrandfield@TheLeaseCoach.com.
Jeff Grandfield and Dale Willerton – The Lease Coach are Commercial Lease Consultants who work exclusively for tenants. Jeff and Dale are professional speakers and co-authors of Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES (Wiley, 2013). Got a leasing question? Need help with your new lease or renewal? Call 1-800-738-9202, e-mail DaleWillerton@TheLeaseCoach.com or JeffGrandfield@TheLeaseCoach.com or visit www.TheLeaseCoach.com.