At NLA, we do not think the pandemic is an excuse to lose control of expenses. Property managers owe it to their tenants to control the year-over-year costs.
With many companies in cost-savings mode and fighting to get through this COVID-19 recession, there has never been a better time to review and validate operating expense charges for accuracy and ensure they comply with the lease. The process is simple, the savings can be significant, and tenants have nothing to lose by practicing this exercise.
Under normal circumstances, a 2-4% increase in operating expenses could be expected. However, in our current COVID-19 environment where businesses are struggling to control costs, properties should be looking to keep CAM budgets flat for the upcoming year.