Is a "Full Service" Commercial Lease Really Full Service?
by Mike Kot
Commercial tenants should be aware that "base year" language in their commercial leases affects their financial obligation following the "base year" of the lease. In a typical full service lease the tenant makes a monthly rental payment in a designated amount and the landlord is obligated to pay operating expenses and property taxes for the premises; however, the landlord’s obligation to pay the full amount only applies to the base year, which is typically the first calendar year of the lease term. For subsequent years, the tenant is obligated to pay operating expenses and property taxes allocated to the premises in excess of the amount allocated and paid by landlord in the base year. Accordingly, the landlord’s obligation to pay operating expenses and property taxes during the lease term is capped by the amount established in the base year.