What is a Net Lease?
November 20, 2018
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Commercial real estate leases fall primarily into two categories—either a net lease or a gross lease. The most common type of lease in commercial real estate is a net lease because it relieves landlords of serious financial responsibilities and gives tenants more control over how much they’re spending on certain services. But what exactly Is a net lease? Read on to find out everything you need to know about net leases in commercial real estate.

Features of a Net Lease

On top of the pre-established based rent, a net lease requires the tenant to assume responsibility for at least one, if not all, of the additional operating expenses associated with the property. Three different types of leases exist to determine which portion of these additional expenses are to be paid for by the tenant. A single net lease requires the tenant to pay both the rent and the property tax on the property, while a double net lease requires the tenant to pay the rent, the property taxes and property insurance for the space. A triple net lease requires the tenant to pay all of the expenses associated with the property, including the rent, property taxes, insurance, maintenance costs and repairs.

Advantages of a Net Lease

A net lease is a common type of lease in commercial real estate because it benefits both landlords and tenants. For landlords, it alleviates significant financial responsibilities of owning and operating the property. Net leases streamline the process of paying insurance and property taxes and make paying these expenses less complicated and stressful for the landlords. In addition, net leases give landlords a predictable source of income because they eliminate unexpected expenses and alleviate the financial responsibility of property taxes and insurance, which typically fluctuate over time.

Tenants experience significant benefits of net leases as well. Because tenants assume the responsibilities of additional expenses, net leases generally result in lower rental rates of the actual property. Additionally, net leases give tenants more property control because they are held accountable for at least a portion, if not all, of the property expenses. Accordingly, a considerable amount of property control is allotted to the tenant. Renting under a net lease gives tenants a closer experience of property-owning than a typical renter.

Considerations of a Net Lease

Net leases also can have some drawbacks if the building or property is not properly maintained and managed. For tenants, the maintenance costs might outweigh the lower cost in rent if there are constant major repairs. Likewise, most landlords prefer insurance and tax payments to pass through them to ensure the amount is correct and on time, which at times may complicate the process more than simplify it.

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