What is the Definition of Percentage Rent?

Percentage Rent


Definition: Rent, computed as a percentage of retail sales above a breakpoint, paid by tenants under typical retail leases. Usually paid instead of or in addition to a specified minimum base rent; commonly used for large retail stores. Rent payments include a minimum or “base rent” plus a percentage of the gross sales “overage.” Percentages generally vary from 1% to 6% of the gross sales depending on the type of store and sales volume. Overage rent is percentage rent paid over and above the guaranteed minimum rent or base rent; calculated as a percentage of sales in excess of specified breakeven sales volume.

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