While many people might consider agents to be animals, the animals I’m referring to here are the 4-legged furry types. In 2012, I ran a column asking for the oddest lease clauses that people came up. The most amusing answer I received was about a location where the tenant wanted to bring their dog to work. Per the agent, the landlord agreed that the dog wouldn’t wear pink or leather. Nope, I’m not kidding! While funny, the clause didn’t cover the true issue: the dog’s behavior. What if the dog barked and disturbed other tenants? Where would the dog do its duty? What are the consequences if the dog bites? These are the types of issues that should have been covered in the lease.
In the end, here’s what it comes down to: if there is something unusual about your business, make sure you address it in the RFP up front in order to avoid running into trouble in the final hours of your lease negotiations.