There are so many different costs associated with an office lease outside of the base rent. Many of these can add up to real dollars! It is important to know what is going into your office lease. This is for two reasons: 1) so that you can make an apples-to-apples comparison when considering the space that works for you 2) to understand what your costs are upfront so there are no surprises once you have signed a lease.
Today I want to address electricity because if negotiated incorrectly, it could be a profit center for the landlord. There are going to be situations where some of these are not available, but it’s better to be an educated consumer and ask, rather than assume what is proposed to you is the only option.
There are three options for electricity. These include ERIF, Submetering, and Direct Metering — only one of these is not a moneymaker for your landlord. So, let’s get into it.