According to the newest report „The tenant’s perspective” prepared by Cushman & Wakefield, exploitation costs constitute the great majority of costs which are incurred by users of properties due to lease. The media constitutes the biggest part of the incurred fees (28 per cent), then come taxes and other fees (24 per cent), whereas maintenance and current repairs occupy the third place (ca. 20 per cent).
The knowledge of different kinds of operation costs which are included in exploitation fees is also crucial in the process of lease and use of office space. It is especially important at choosing of a building as well as optimal planning of space, effective management of property or during negotiation of lease contracts.
While making a decision concerning a new office, tenants should pay special attention to energy-saving solutions enabling more effective functioning of an office structure and thus – lead to gaining of real savings in operation costs. The key issue in lease contracts is also application of a closed catalogue of exploitation fees and setting of the upper limit concerning the amount which will allow tenants to exceed them – says Katarzyna Lipka, Associate Director of Consultancy and Market Research Department of Cushman & Wakefield.
According to the survey of Cushman & Wakefield, even 20-25 per cent of the total costs related to lease of space constitute the value of exploitation costs. The highest rates of such type are recorded in the offices situated in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznań and Wrocław, whereas the lowest – in Lublin.
The series „The tenant's perspective” is a cycle of reports prepared by Cushman & Wakefield, which are the compendium of knowledge for tenants of commercial properties.