If you are looking for a new office cleaning partner, it’s important you understand your commercial real estate lease.
What is the difference? A gross lease is a type of property lease in which the landlord agrees to pay all expenses which are normally associated with ownership, such as janitorial services, utilities, repairs, insurance, and taxes. The tenant pays a fixed rent amount each month, and does not have to worry about anything more. The downside to this fixed cost, however, is that you’re locked into the services that your landlord provides.
A net lease allows for much more flexibility. You pay a base rent, plus pay your portion of common expenses, letting you choose your own cleaning service provider.
At the end of the day, all leases are structured differently and it may or may not include cleaning regardless of the “title” of your lease. If you are unsure, go check your lease! You may be able to modify, upgrade, control your cleaning services the way you want them.