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The 5 Types Of Landlords Businesses Will Encounter

Here are the five types of landlord, and how you should deal with each of them.

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Securing a commercial lease — office, retail or industrial space — is a complicated process that requires much time and effort. As a business owner, there are several different types of property owners you may encounter in your initial search and even during your occupancy, ranging from small individual owners to multi-rand dollar real estate investment trusts.

Working efficiently with each kind of owner requires a basic understanding of their preferences and priorities.

Related: Choosing a Retail Location: 3 Priorities You Might Be Forgetting

Here are the few key characteristics of each group:

1Mom and Pops

Mom and pops are owners with smaller portfolios who obtained property as a primary investment. They are not as formal in business practices as other types of owners. Often personally vested in their space, they favour tenants who will treat their space well.

Characteristics

  • Usually straightforward and easy to deal with
  • Great for those who desire a close landlord/tenant relationship
  • May be flexible on terms for the right tenant
  • Best fit for smaller businesses with simple needs.

Tips

  • Communicate with a personable and warm manner
  • Highlight what makes you a good tenant
  • Convey your willingness to take ownership of the space
  • Share creative ideas on how your business can indirectly benefit them.

2Family investors

Unlike Mom and Pops, family investors are ‘real estate families’ who have amassed a sizable portfolio over tens or even hundreds of years. The tenant/owner relationship may not be as intimate but nonetheless, family owners are still materially involved in the leasing and management of their properties.

Characteristics

  • Still operate with a personal touch and often handle leasing in-house
  • Generally cash flow driven; prefer stable tenants over the highest possible rent
  • Have intimate knowledge of every building in their portfolio
  • Tend to have long-term tenants that they have accommodated over many lease periods
  • Best fit for small to mid-size businesses who are looking for a landlord that is willing to build space and accommodate their short-term growth needs.

Tips

  • Check out other buildings within their portfolio to get a better sense of what they have to offer
  • Be warm and personable because it’s not only the bottom line that drives these owners
  • Clearly communicate your needs and limitations; they will do the best they can to accommodate
  • Be prepared to put down a significant security deposit if you don’t have strong financials.

Related: Location, Location, Location!

3Management companies

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While technically not an owner, management companies act on behalf of the owners that hire them. For the purposes of leasing and day-to-day property management, they are the de facto owners. Management companies typically have access to a large portfolio of properties with a variety of options to fit any business needs.

Characteristics

  • Very knowledgeable and can accommodate a wide range of needs
  • Allocated budgets for building improvements and capex
  • Offer standardised and less flexible lease terms, especially for smaller tenants
  • Best fit for businesses that have established credit, as these owners often have specific requirements and operating rules.

Tips

  • Expect to sign a five-year lease
  • If you are a high profile tenant who’s well recognised or generating a lot of buzz, use this to your advantage, as these landlords like having notable tenants in their roster.

4Real estate developers

As the name suggests, real estate developers develop and acquire office, residential, hotel, retail and mixed-use properties. The properties they construct are typically Class A buildings designed by award winning architectural firms and feature some of the best amenities offered by any landlord.

Characteristics

  • Extremely well maintained common areas and large lobbies with strong security
  • Looking to capitalise on the quality of their buildings and generate the highest rents in order to maximise property value
  • Often limited to major markets/cities
  • Usually more than willing to build space for long-term tenants or provide a significant tenant improvement allowance
  • Best fit for companies looking for premium space.

Tips

  • Plan well in advance as deals can take a long time to close
  • Ask for specific details and changes to the space that will help your business
  • Use time as a negotiating factor; many new buildings need to secure tenants even before new buildings are completed.

Related: Choosing the Right Location

5Institutional investors

Institutional investors are money managers who invest in various asset classes, including commercial real estate. Of these investors, real estate investment trusts invest solely in real estate properties but most funds will also invest in properly as part of a diversified portfolio.

Characteristics

  • Most assets are Class B+ to Class A buildings that generate strong cash flows for investors
  • Driven by occupancy rates and margins, not personal preference.

Tips

You are unlikely to deal directly with these owners unless there’s a major dispute, you’re an anchor tenant and/or a large tenant improvement (TI) allowance is involved. If you do, make sure you sweat the details. These are not your typical landlords, so make sure all of the right paperwork and documentation is in order.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Justin Lee is the COO and co-founder of TheSquareFoot, a technology-fueled commercial real-estate brokerage and listings platform that modernizes the search for office and retail space. Lee began his career in commercial real estate as a leasing representative for Boxer Property and has overseen hundreds of leasing transactions over the course of his career. He also served as project manager at Oakmont Group, a diversified Houston Real Estate development firm.

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How To Become A Hi-Q Franchisee

Are you looking at investing in a tyre replacement and service industry? Look no further than the Hi-Q franchise.

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Established in 1999, Hi-Q is a successful and diverse multi-product, multi-brand leader in the tyre replacement and service industry with a network of over 130 franchisees nationwide.

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With the support of international tyre giant Goodyear, Hi-Q has established a solid reputation of ‘the one you can trust’, and the Hi-Q approach and philosophy is embedded in this.  We have the trust of our customers, our network and our suppliers – that’s why you can trust us to take you and your business to the next level.

When you’re working with people’s safety, trust forms the most significant part of the equation

Hi-Q introduced the original and innovative TyreSurance initiative – the only aftermarket tyre damage guarantee product that backs the consumer no matter the brand of tyre.

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Related: We Want To Invite You To Join Us On The Hi-Q Journey And Become A Franchisee

Each Hi-Q Franchise offers a broad range of brands within the different product and service categories that customers know they can trust, and at prices they can afford. Product and services include tyres, exhausts, shocks, batteries or brakes, wheel alignment or balancing, and a 10-point safety check.

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We have identified areas of opportunity to extend our Franchise footprint growth.

If you are looking to join a new franchise and you share in our values and vision, we would like to hear from you.

For further information on how to become a franchisee, call us on +27 11 394 3150

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Col’Cacchio – Benefits Of The Franchise Model

Six key benefits of the restaurant franchise model – and what to look out for when considering a franchise.

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For investors looking to the restaurant industry and considering a franchise knowing it has a proven track record and is therefore possibly a lower risk, there are a few key things to be aware of about the benefits of the franchise model, which if investigated, can also point to a franchise that is not for you.

Russell Otty, Chief Operating Officer of the Col’Cacchio Group, shares some of these key benefits and indicators of whether a franchise is for you:

1. Making the cut as a franchisee gives you the confidence that you are making the right decision

You may think psychometric testing, three days in a restaurant following a franchisee around, and a panel interview with the senior management of the franchisor, is a bit over the top, but the franchisor that puts you through your paces and assesses your ability and commitment to running the business, is doing you a huge favour and may even help you see this is not for you. It goes both ways, and after an intense courtship, you should know if you want to try a long-term relationship.

Related: Col’ Cacchio: A Passion For Pizza

2. Assistance with location selection and negotiation of the terms of your lease

One thing you can do to limit your risk is to not open a restaurant in the first place if your rent is not going to be reasonable or you simply won’t get customers through the door. The franchisor will vet and approve the site – they will have extensive insight into what has worked or not worked location-wise for their brand, and can assist you to weigh up the area and it’s potential to attract customers.

The commercial terms of a lease is very important – you can’t be too ambitious about turnover targets, and having the backing of a franchisor can be beneficial if a landlord becomes unreasonable.

3. Staff training and development tools on hand

Consistency is important with restaurant franchises, as a customer visiting a brand anywhere in the country, goes there knowing exactly what they are going to get. This is best achieved with solid training, perhaps access to resources such as training videos, and regular visits from franchise managers.

You should check with your franchisor what level of training and franchise support you will have on an ongoing basis. Ask about the ratio of field trainers and operations managers to the number of franchisees in the group. You want the franchisor in your restaurant in some shape or form, two or three times a month, whether it be the training manager, the regional franchise manager or the national operations manager.

4. Access to supplier networks to manage your input costs

Negotiating basket pricing with distributors regionally and nationally, the franchisor will leverage their buying power on your behalf. They should assist to manage your suppliers and make sure deliveries happen on time, and ensure that product quality remains consistent. They can also negotiate to ensure your input costs do not increase before the next menu launch – so you can ensure your margins remain intact.

5. Brand loyalty and locality marketing

When you buy a restaurant franchise, you gain a group of customers who know who you are, the food you serve and the way you make them feel. The money you will pay towards marketing each month gives you insight into the broader restaurant market, the experience of what is working across a number of sites, and how best to keep the attention of new and existing customers.

Some franchisors offer locality marketing assistance – your site and area has specific needs that other outlets may not have, or there may be events in the area that can be leveraged to run special offers. Ask if the franchisor offers this as a service, as it can assist you greatly to have an advantage over other restaurants in your area.

Related: Beginners Guide To Digital Marketing In South Africa

6. Business development insights

The franchisor has access to insights gained across the group, and the systems that they have in place to track costs and increase profit margins, can be of huge assistance. If you are looking for business support, a franchise manager can be the one sitting with you telling you that you spent R2 000 too much on cleaning this month or saying you need to wait till next month to make that purchase. The level of business support you will have access to, is an important factor to consider, depending on the level of support you may require.

Recipe for success

Nine times out of ten, a restaurant franchise that fails, fails because the franchisee loses interest or lacks the commitment to make it work. Selecting the best franchise for you as the investor, or as a restaurant entrepreneur, is the most important first step you can take towards success, so do the homework.

Don’t assume that because you are buying into a successful brand that it will be a success – business is not an exact science – you need to do your own due diligence and take responsibility for your business, because it is after all your own investment.

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We Want To Invite You To Join Us On The Hi-Q Journey And Become A Franchisee

As the leader in the tyre replacement and service industry, we are invested in providing our network with the tools needed to thrive and grow in an ever-challenging market.

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This is an invitation to all innovative entrepreneurs who are seeking new and exciting opportunities – here’s your chance to become part of a winning team.

As the leader in the tyre replacement and service industry, we are invested in providing our network with the tools needed to thrive and grow in an ever-challenging market.

The Hi-Q Way

  • Hi-Q’s been voted the 1 tyre retailer by South African consumers in the Ask Africa Icon Brands Survey from 2010 – 2017.
  • Over the years Hi-Q has established itself as ‘the one you can trust’, with customers, the network and suppliers.
  • Hi-Q prides itself on first-class service, a multi-product/multi-brand offering as well as ground-breaking product innovations such as TyreSurance on all tyre brands.
  • Hi-Q has an extensive network of over 130 franchisees
  • Hi-Q has the support of the Goodyear value proposition.

If you are looking to join a new franchise and you share Hi-Q’s values and vision, please get in touch.

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