Beware of the “Green” Form Lease

August 2, 2010Article
Greenberg Blawg

As the economics of green buildings continues to align with the social and political pressures of climate change, many national and regional businesses are “greening” their form leases by including provisions that address everything from the installation of energy-efficient lighting to the use of toilet paper that incorporates minimum percentages of recycled product. Whether it is a cost-saving measure or just good public relations, the greening of commercial leases has been viewed generally as a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, every landlord should pay more attention to the “green” language in its prospective tenant’s form lease because, like with so many other provisions, the terms are likely still skewed in the tenant’s favor.