Sub-Leasing


Subleased spaces are often more affordable than a standard commercial lease, and it may be easier to qualify for a sublease than for an exclusive lease. You can rent just the space you need. If your business is small and you only need several hundred square feet, you will find a lot more options in subleasing markets.

Pros of Subleasing Commercial Spaces

 Cheaper and Easier to Obtain 
Subleased spaces are often more affordable than a standard commercial lease, and it may be easier to qualify for a sublease than for an exclusive lease.

You Can Start Small 

You can rent just the space you need. If your business is small and you only need several hundred square feet, you will find a lot more options in subleasing markets.

Fewer "Strings Attached" 

Subleases are generally simpler and more straightforward than other complicated types of commercial leases. However, subleases are still binding legal documents and are also contingent on the original lease. You should give strong consideration to having an attorney or trusted realtor view the sub-lessor's lease, as well as the sublease before signing.

Turnkey Ready

Most subleased spaces are already finished; so you will not have to worry about upgrades and build-outs.​​

Access to Common Areas 

Many subleased spaces provide access to reception areas, break rooms, conference rooms, storage, and other shared spaces at a reduced cost, or, in some cases, even for free.

Free Amenities

Since subleased spaces are part of a bigger space, you may not have to pay for alarm systems or internet access if the space is already wired for these things.

Option to Take Entire Space 

If the sub-lessor wants to move before their lease is up, they may be able to sublease the entire space to you. It can make obtaining larger spaces easier to qualify for if you have an existing financial relationship with a sub-lessor, and should you wish to keep the space after the original lease has expired, you may be in a better position to negotiate your lease with the actual landlord.

No CAM or Other Unpredictable Fees
In a typical sublease, you are responsible for repairing damages you cause, but your sub-lessor (or their landlord) is usually required to repair and maintain common areas. In most cases, subleases are fully serviced leases with a flat monthly rent, meaning there are no common area maintenance (CAM) charges and unpredictable fees. It can make budgeting for rent payments easier.

Networking and Social Opportunities
If you work alone, you may benefit from subleasing space if you team with someone in a similar profession. You may get business or client referrals, have a new peer to talk industry with, and/or share resources.

Access to Administrative Support
If space is shared, and you are not in the office all day, other sub-lessees or employees of the sub-lessor may be able to answer your phones, receive mail and packages, or greet unexpected visitors. If you ask for these services, you may need to pay for them, but you won't have to be tied to the office all day just to get the mail.

Access to Services
Many sub-lessees can negotiate leases that allow them access to the sub-lessor's FAX and photocopying machines or other office technology, requiring fewer pieces of equipment to purchase.

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