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How much is Your Warehouse Rent -- Really?

Industrial and warehouse rental rates -- how landlords quote the rent

Industrial rental rates can be deceiving and difficult for the layperson to understand. It is because of this we must be sure to get clarification on how landlords quote rent.

Your industrial occupancy costs are primarily made up of four (4) components:

  • Base rent quoted on a per square foot per year basis (psf/yr)
  • Proportionate share of property taxes (psf/yr)
  • Proportionate share of property insurance on the building (psf/yr)
  • Proportionate share of Common Area Maintenance (CAM) (psf/yr)

Different landlords quote their rent differently and the difference can represent up to 30% of the overall occupancy costs for a given location. The following shows the differences in quotes and how they differ:

Industrial Gross (IG)

This quote is the most accurate basis for comparing the cost to occupy any given industrial property. This quoted rental rate will include Base Rent, Property Taxes, Insurance, and CAM. Quoted on a per square foot basis per year, this will render the most complete analysis of cost to occupy.

Triple Net (NNN)

This quote will only include the Base Rent per square foot per year. If quoted this way, we must determine how much additional expenses are related to Taxes Insurance and Cam per square foot per year so that we can compare apples to apples between different options. These costs can account for up to 30% of your occupancy expense.

There are some other derivative for quoting rent, however, these are the two most common. As you can see, it is critical to understand how rental rates are quoted, and to make sure that we are not missing any material components necessary for determining the best facility for your company