Top 12 Landlord Oversights

Nathan is a Commercial/Industrial real estate broker and his business practice focuses on identifying creative spaces and urban in-fill projects, representing tenants/clients leasing commercial spaces, sales acquisitions, and maximizing values with difficult assets and time constrained situations.

At Nick Hadim Group, a professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate, Nathan's focus is adding value to "moderate-sized" mixed-use commercial and industrial real estate spaces and to identify unique property opportunities.

Top 12 Landlord Oversights


  1. Signing leases without a strategic plan. A whole-building approach to leasing is critical to achieve the best rates and best tenants.

  2. Failing to ensure each tenant’s lease terms support the long-term investment objectives for repositioning or disposition.

  3. Faulty termination clauses that allow tenants easy “outs” can leave you, the landlord, with unamortized costs from tenant improvements (TIs), incentives and fees.

  4. Hiring a broker without the right specialization—experience working with properties of a similar type and location.

  5. Leasing the best space first. This can devalue the rest of the building’s available space, such as leasing half of a floor with a better view, or leaving small spaces vacant.

  6. Failing to investigate the tenant’s finances, business plan and revenue stream, and failing to require a substantial security deposit.

  7. Allocating capital incorrectly: spending money on things that won’t help lease the building, such as replacing sconces on the exterior of a building. A better use of funds might be replacing dated light lenses in a vacant space to refresh it. Ask, “Does my improvement help lease the building more quickly or at a higher rate?” before spending.

  8. Choosing incompatible tenants. Placing a staid law firm next to a bustling sales organization or a come-as-you-are creative firm is bound to create friction.

  9. Pricing the building incorrectly. Holding out for an extra nickel or dime in pricing may keep the building stuck in vacancy limbo.

  10. Failing to evaluate the competition. Ruthlessly compare your building’s pros and cons against competitors—aided by your broker—to determine your unique selling points and high-impact improvements.

  11. Forgetting the small stuff. Prospective tenants can be turned off by the little things, so keep empty spaces free of debris, lights working and blinds open. Common areas should be clean, parking and signs in good condition, and consider investing in seasonal plants at entrance points.

  12. The biggest mistake is lacking a story…. Your building should have a compelling message that differentiates it from the competition. The building’s story should be tailored to a key tenant driver, such as visibility, tech infrastructure or accessibility. Some landlords develop a theme or foster tenant clustering. The “story” is a creative element of a leasing business plan that many brokers fail to develop. Your broker will collaborate with you to identify and enhance your property’s unique story, and then use that story’s powerful potential to drive tours and contracts.

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