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  • Writer's pictureRaphael Collazo

What is an Expense Stop?

An expense stop is a term used in commercial real estate leasing to refer to a maximum amount of money that a tenant is responsible for paying for operating expenses related to the leased property. Operating expenses are the costs associated with maintaining and operating a property, such as property taxes, utilities, and maintenance.

In a lease agreement with an expense stop, the landlord agrees to cover any operating expenses that exceed the agreed-upon expense stop amount. The tenant is responsible for paying a pro-rata share of the operating expenses up to the expense stop amount. The expense stop amount is typically based on a percentage of the tenant's base rent or on a fixed dollar amount.

An expense stop can be an important consideration for tenants when negotiating a lease agreement, as it can help to limit their financial liability for operating expenses. It can also be an important factor for landlords to consider, as it can affect the overall profitability of a property. The terms of the expense stop, including the percentage or dollar amount and the types of expenses that are covered, should be clearly outlined in the lease agreement.

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