Who is CAM?

CAM is not a who, but rather a what, and is more specifically, Common Area Maintenance. CAM is an unacknowledged presence at the building you currently lease or are contemplating tenancy. It could potentially include snow plowing, landscaping, lighting the hallways, cleaning the public restrooms and a myriad of other services that make a property function day to day. In some lease types, CAM is included in a tenant’s monthly rent to the landlord. However, in a net lease, it may be quantified to a tenant as a lease line item. In a net lease, separate lease line items may include landlord expenses such as real estate taxes, casualty insurance, and yes, CAM, which are in addition to the base rent rate.
Joe Palms, CCIM, Associate Broker

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