10 Things To Do Before Signing a Small Office Lease in Kansas City: Part I

You have found the perfect office space, negotiated your rent, and now you are getting ready to sign the dotted line…before you do, here are some things you should double check:

1.    Read the lease.  Though it may be long and not the most exciting reading, you need to know what is in your lease.  Check terms, important dates, anything rent-related, your obligations, your landlord’s obligations, special terms, and termination clauses.  You want to know exactly what you getting yourself into.
2.    Continue negotiations.  Even though you have been given the lease, some of the terms might still be negotiable.  While reading your lease, take note of provisions you aren’t thrilled with and talk about with them with your landlord—you might be surprised at what you can still change.
3.    Figure out your business’s legal structure before signing.  Make sure that protective corporate shell is in place before finalizing your lease.  Be sure that your filed Articles of Incorporation or Organization (sometimes called Certificates) have been returned from the Secretary of State.
4.    Understand the leasing terminology.  Know terms like “Common Area Maintenance” (CAM)  and how they will affect your business and rent rate.

See future posts for more items to double-check before finalizing a lease for your office space in Overland Park, KS!

Want to learn more about Southcreek’s business space for rent in Overland Park?  Give us a call at 913-685-4100!

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