Commercial Real Estate Leasing FAQs

Silver Star Properties leasing agents answer frequently asked questions about commercial leasing. Watch this leasing education video to learn more:

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Frequently Asked Questions: Commercial Office and Retail Leasing

How much office space do you need?

Our leasing agents help prospective tenants calculate their office space needs by visiting and looking at their current office space then gathering more information such as how long have they been in business and what their daily business needs are. Common business needs to consider when searching for new space could include:

commercial leasing faqs

  • A conference room
  • Break room
  • Private offices
  • A bull pen


When negotiating commercial lease terms, excellent questions for tenants to ask their leasing agent are:

  • What is going to provide the best opportunity for growth?
  • What is the best value for our company?
  • How quickly can we grow with Silver Star Properties?

How are commercial leases structured?

Commercial leases are advertised in several different ways. The most common commercial lease structures are:

  • Triple Net
  • Gross
  • Gross + E

At Silver Star Properties, we operate our properties with triple net leases. The advantage of a triple net lease is that it’s more transparent. Tenants know exactly what they are paying for the space and their operating expenses.

leasing questionsWhen should you start looking for office space?

A customer looking for office space should start looking as soon as possible, no less than three months.

At Silver Star Properties, we can accommodate tenants at any point in the search process, even those delayed in their search for office space and have to move in immediately. We own a significant number of office buildings and other commercial spaces which allows us to offer made-ready and move-in ready commercial spaces.

Silver Star Properties can also accommodate construction needs if a tenant desires any unique build-outs.

How is Silver Star Properties different from other landlords?

At Silver Star Properties, we strive to make the customer feel important from the moment they walk through the door. Our leasing team will roll out the red carpet and provide them the same white glove service we have offered for the last 39 years.

Whether a customer is looking for a thousand square feet or ten thousand square feet, our leasing team will take the time and the energy it takes to get them in the right space. Learn more about Why You Should Lease with Us.

Our responsiveness sets us apart from our competitors. Our leasing agents will return phone calls and always show up in-person for tours. We also have our on-site property management team that is there to answer any questions.

What costs are included in my lease?

When you lease with Silver Star Properties, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying. It will have the following:

  • Base rent
  • Operating expenses (electricity, water, and janitorial service)

Tenant expenses such as phone service and internet cable drops for networking are not included. We recommend factoring tenant specific expenses into your budget.

What is the difference between commercial and retail property?

“Commercial properties” is the larger category within which retail or office spaces fall. In other words, any space in which you do business is considered a commercial space.

How do you get a small office space?

This can be achieved by contacting a leasing agent. An agent can help you tour properties and once you find a suitable space, help you negotiate lease terms.

How long does it take to negotiate a commercial lease?

Lease negotiations can take anywhere from a few days to a few months.

What are the pros of working from an office?

Better time management, networking opportunities, building company culture, and productivity.

What is Usable Square Footage?

Usable square feet (USF) is defined as the total usable floor area of a building. It is measured from the outside of exterior walls and windows and also includes interior walls, hallways, and common areas.