Real Estate Management in the True Cloud

Renewal options under the new FASB

Posted on: Monday, December 27, 2010

Lucernex real estate finance expert Jim Duport, after completing an upgrade to our core financial engine to support the new proposed FASB / GAAP rules, discusses renewal options under the new FASB.

This is the fourth in a series of Blogs by Jim describing his findings during the process of developing the architecture within the core Lucernex financial engine to handle the new proposed FASB rules.

What is a Renewal Option?

A factor in the process of assigning more likely than not to occur renewal probability is that under the proposed FASB, tenants are required to estimate the probability of exercising their renewal taking into account past practices. For instance, assume a tenant has 30 offices with similar leases and renewed 20 of them, then the past practice is to renew for 2/3rd of the portfolio of similar leases. Right?

However, what if in those 20 renewals, in ONLY 10 of them did the tenant exercise the renewal option as drafted, in the other 10 there was a renegotiation including rent or lease term (as we believe is the case in many renewals) and although the lease was renewed, what really occurred was the term was extended and possibly the rent and concessions changed from what the lease initially provided.

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Now, “in terms of the new FASB proposal” does the tenant’s past practices include exercising 2/3rds or 1/3rd of their renewal options since in only 10 of the 30 offices did the tenant exercise the “renewal option” as initially provided in the original lease. I do not know the answer. It is one of the several questions I will be submitting to FASB in their request for input that is due by December 15, 2010.

Before “signing off”, one other thought. Many renewals say “95% of Fair Market Value” (FMV). When was the last time you actually did an appraisal for FMV using an independent 3rd party? In my experience, the tenant and landlord typically agree on a new rent, concessions, etc. Was that 95% of FMV? Was the “renewal option” exercised per the terms of the lease and does it count as a renewal option “in terms of the new FASB proposal”?