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Commercial Leases: A Discussion of Operating Expenses, Real Estate Taxes and Other Costs/Expenses

Understand the concept of operating expenses and how to avoid the pitfalls of dealing with them.

This topic is intended for leasing deal makers and their consultants, including lawyers and accountants, who are involved in negotiating and administering office, retail and industrial leases and overseeing compliance with the pass through of operating expenses in these leases. Our speakers are two experienced professionals who represent both landlords and tenants and who have gone through the process of challenging operating expenses will discuss several current hot topics in this area, including the impact COVID-19 will have on the pass through of expenses.

Runtime: 88 minutes
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Agenda

Reviewing the Basics

  • Types of Leases and Definitions
    • Net, Full Service, Industrial Gross Lease
    • Base Year, Expense Year and Expense Stops
    • The Importance of Load Factor and Tenant's Pro Rata Share
    • What Is Included in Operating Expense and How Can They Be Characterized?
  • GAAP Versus Commonly Accepted Real Estate Accounting Principles

Limiting the Scope and Impact of Operating Expenses

  • Capital Expenses, Compliance With Laws and Taxes
  • What Exclusions Are Worth Fighting for?
  • Adjustments to and Exclusions From the Base Year
  • Cost Pools, Excess Tenant Services and Tenant Contracted Services
  • Identifying Landlord Profit Centers

Estimated Payments, Reconciliation Statements and Monitoring Compliance

  • What Is a Reconciliation Statement and What Is Included?
    • What Should Be Included and Obtaining Details and Back up
    • Timing Issues and Cut Offs
  • What Are Audit Rights and Are They Needed?
    • The Importance of a Proper Baseline in Monitoring Compliance
    • Statutory and Common Law Remedies as an Alternative
    • Structuring an Audit Provision and Selecting Party Advocates and Arbitrators; What Is the Best Forum?
  • Confidentiality Agreements; Can an Audit Ever Be Kept Confidential?
  • Alternatives and Negotiation Strategies (Who Pays?)

COVID-19 Issues and Considerations

  • What Expenses Are Likely to Increase?
  • What Expenses Are Likely to Decrease?
  • Working With Your Tenants/Your Landlord to Get Through the COVID-19 Adjustment
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This course was last revised on December 10, 2020.

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  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.25
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.25 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this Ondemand course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 88 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 hour(s) of ondemand CLE through the WI Board of Bar Examiners.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.25
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Areas of Professional Practice 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Tracy P. Chelepis, CPA

Tracy P. Chelepis, CPA

Chelepis & Associates

  • Founder and CEO of Chelepis & Associates
  • 35+ years of experience in real estate auditing and consulting, leasing, management and administration, residential and commercial construction, development and ownership
  • Certified Public Accountant since 1981
  • Completed 5-day negotiation workshops through the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School
  • Has been recognized as one of the “Founding Fathers” of the real estate lease audit industry
  • Earned his CPA certificate at the former Big 8 CPA firm, Coopers and Lybrand, and worked in construction accounting for a major telecommunications company, upon whose suggestion he established his own real estate auditing and consulting firm
  • Career has spanned decades in real estate and construction
  • Has served as mediator between contractors and developers and provided expert testimony in real estate litigation
  • Has developed and financed several office and industrial properties and currently owns and manages the same in the suburban Kansas City Market
  • Manages a professional staff, provides oversight of operations and accounting, and directs client negotiations of the audit and consulting teams
  • Chelepis has recovered over $250,000,000 for its clients
  • Professional associations include CoreNet, BOMA, AICPA, and is a real estate broker in the State of Kansas
  • B.S. degree in accounting, University of Kansas
Manuel Fishman, Esq.

Manuel Fishman, Esq.

Buchalter Nemer

  • Shareholder with Buchalter Nemer
  • Focuses practice on representing real estate developers and owners in the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial properties
  • Active leasing practice representing owners of several major office buildings in San Francisco, including the Transamerica Pyramid, as well as tenants in lease and sublease transactions
  • Expertise includes letters of intent, tenant improvement work agreements, security deposits/letters of credit, signage rights, expansion and contraction rights, permitted transfers, operating expense audits, and lender and master landlord recognition agreements and extensive experience in the area of ground leasing and retail leasing
  • Leading attorney in the area of landline and wireless communications and Internet-based services in commercial properties and rooftop installations
  • 2020 Best Lawyer in America in real estate law, an honor he has received since 2007; 2014 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer Media, 2012-2018; one of Bay Area Magazine’s Top Lawyers in the Bay Area; and recipient of the 2019 Raymond C. Nann Distinguished Service Award
  • Frequent lecturer on office and shopping center leasing matters and writes frequently for industry newsletters
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law; B.A. degree, State University of New York at Purchase
  • Can be contacted at 415-227-3504 or [email protected]
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Published 2020
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