If you’re a landlord, you’ve probably heard of the term “tenant improvements.” If not, that’s OK! We’re going to break it down for you: what is a tenant improvement and why your tenants will ask for them?
What are Tenant Improvements?
Tenant Improvements are modifications to a commercial space that are made specifically for a tenant. They’re not the same as Fitting Out, which is a modification to a commercial space for the benefit of the landlord.
A Tenant Improvement can be anything from new carpeting and paint, to installing new flooring or even structural changes like adding walls or windows. It’s important to note the maintenance and repairs due to normal wear and tear are not considered to be a tenant improvement
What Counts as a Tenant Improvement
What counts as a tenant improvement?
A tenant improvement is any work that you do to your property that goes beyond the standard maintenance and repair of your space. This includes installing new fixtures, painting or wallpapering, installing new flooring and carpeting, upgrading appliances or fixtures in kitchens or bathrooms (such as installing new countertops).
Tenant Improvement Allowance Definition
A tenant improvement allowance is a cash payment made by the landlord to the tenant for improving their rental unit. It’s not a loan, credit or gift, so you don’t have to pay it back. Tenant improvements can be made in any way that makes sense for your needs and tastes–you might choose to paint the walls or install new appliances; add carpeting or hardwood floors; build out an office space; install floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto views of downtown skyscrapers (if you live in a city like New York).
The best part? The amount of money available as a tenant improvement allowance depends on two things: how much money your landlord has budgeted for improvements at their property overall; and how much square footage you need renovated before moving into your new place.
Who Pays for Tenant Improvements
Tenant improvements are generally paid for by the landlord. However, in some cases, tenants are responsible for some or all of the costs associated with their leased space. This can happen when a tenant upgrades their location and wants to make it more attractive for customers or employees.
In most cases, landlords will have a budget set aside for tenant improvements based on market rates (the cost of similar spaces). They’ll also take into account how much revenue they expect from that space over time–so if there’s an opportunity to increase revenue through renovations or new features like kitchen appliances or bathrooms, they’re likely willing to invest more money into making those changes happen than if they had no plans on generating additional income from your business operations there
Fitting Out vs. Tenant Improvement
The difference between fitting out and tenant improvement can be confusing, but it’s a crucial distinction to make if you’re considering an investment in property. Fitting out refers to the process of converting a space for use by a particular tenant. This typically involves installing fixtures and fittings as well as making any necessary modifications to suit the specific needs of that business (e.g., installing IT infrastructure). Tenant improvement is broader than fitting out because it refers not only to converting commercial real estate into usable space, but also includes other improvements such as upgrading existing facilities or adding additional features like landscaping or parking lots.
Because tenant improvement involves more extensive work than fitting out, it tends to cost more money–and this means there are fewer companies willing (or able) to take on these projects themselves. Instead of doing everything themselves, most landlords hire contractors who specialize in these kinds of jobs; however some may choose instead simply rent out empty spaces until someone comes along who wants them enough that they’ll pay extra money upfront just so they can move into them sooner rather than later!
We hope that this article has helped you understand the difference between tenant improvements and fitting out. Tenant improvements are a long-term investment for landlords, but if done correctly they can increase the value of your property by adding new features and amenities that tenants will appreciate.