Financial Distress is a term we hear a lot lately, especially about commercial real estate.  What does that term mean, exactly?  If the building your company leases is in financial distress, does that mean its suffering? In pain? Hurting? About to fail, financially?  Perhaps any of the above are correct.

Corporate executives would be wise to be on alert for some of the signs that most often signal that a building, and its landlord, may be experiencing financial distress, and / or may be headed for bankruptcy, foreclosure, tax sale, or worse!

Some of those signs include:

• Has building management or maintenance staff been cut?

• Is the landlord less responsive?

• Are capital projects being delayed?

• Is construction languishing in an incomplete state for extended time periods?

• Are repairs taking too long to complete?

• Does the building look as good as it did?

• Are the interior and exterior common areas being well maintained?

• Is the landscaping being maintained, trash being removed and parking areas being plowed of snow promptly?

• Are vacancies growing?

• Are smaller, less desirable, and / or transient tenants moving into the building?

* Are vendors no longer willing to work in the building because the landlord is not paying them on time or in-full?

• Has the landlord tried unsuccessfully to sell or refinance the building?

If you recognize any of the above signs, it’s time to get proactive.  Consult your company’s attorney and real estate advisor, to understand your company’s rights and alternatives.  Then, meet with your landlord to assess the situation, review alternatives, and set a course of action to protect your company’s interests, minimize disruption, and assured continued productivity.


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