10 Apr 2019

What is NNN in Leasing?

Ever wonder what NNN is in Commercial Real Estate? If so, I am here to help.

NNN stands for Net, Net, Net. It is a type of commercial lease in which the Tenant pays for

  • Property Taxes
  • Property Insurance
  • Common Area Maintenance (ie Condo Fees)

Why is NNN good for Landlords?

Landlords love NNN leases because they are not hit with any unexpected expenses during the lease term. For example, if the county raises property taxes during a long term lease the tenant would be the one whom would have to deal with the extra costs. A commercial landlord should be able to figure out his exact income for the whole term of the lease.

Tenants and NNN

As a tenant, these NNN leases can be very stressful. This is because you never know for sure what your rent might be next quarter / year. What I would recommend doing is seeing if you could get the landlord to change the agreement to a Modified Gross Lease. This type of arrangement would allow you to lock in certain aspects of the fees. If you are looking to lease an Office Space, you should be able to work with the Landlord on making a lease a Modified Gross or Full Service lease. With retail and warehouses, most landlords will NOT convert the lease to something other than NNN. Happy Hunting!

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About the Author


David Kamminga is a commercial real estate agent in the Washington DC metro area. His services include tenant and landlord representation in land, retail, warehouse and office transactions. He main area of service is Loudoun and Fairfax County Virginia. Some of the cities he assists with are Tysons, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Chantilly, Leesburg and Dulles just to name a few.