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  • Writer's pictureRaphael Collazo

What are Rent Escalators?

Rent escalators are clauses in a lease agreement that specify an increase in the amount of rent paid by the tenant over the course of the lease term. These increases can be based on a variety of factors, such as inflation, the consumer price index, or a percentage of the original rent amount. Rent escalators may be included in a lease agreement to ensure that the landlord receives a fair market value for the property over the course of the lease.

Rent escalators can be a fixed amount, such as a set percentage increase each year, or they can be tied to an external factor, such as the consumer price index. Some rent escalators may also be tied to the performance of the tenant's business, such as an increase in rent based on an increase in the tenant's profits.

Rent escalators can be beneficial for landlords as they allow them to increase the rent paid by the tenant over time to keep pace with market conditions or the rising cost of operating the property. However, for tenants, rent escalators can make it more challenging to budget for future rent payments and may make it more difficult to afford the property over the long term. It is important for tenants to carefully review the terms of a lease agreement that includes rent escalators before signing it.

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