Tips for Office Subleases

We’re in the process of securing a new office for early next year and I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned over the years when it comes to offices and subleases:

  • Offer much lower than they’re asking as it’s a sublease and they likely already have a new lease, especially in this soft commercial real estate market
  • Try to offer a deal when your company grows into the space over time e.g. pay for 50% of the space the first six months, 65% the next six months, 80% the next six months, and the full amount the remainder of the time
  • Shorter subleases will result in better deals as companies don’t like moving very often

I’ve found that you can consistently rent office space for 50% of the market rate using these approaches during normal market conditions.