The Good and Bad of Ground Leases by Kevin Sanz, CCIM, MSIRE

Posted on October 27, 2021

NNN ground leases are long-term agreements between landowners/investors and tenants/leases who lease the land on which their buildings sit or on which they plan to erect a building. For landowners, these arrangements provide a reliable stream of rental income as well as the benefit of long-term property appreciation without the headaches and expenses that come with managing the property. Moreover, in the event a tenant defaults on a lease, the building ownership transfers to the landowner who may then profit from leasing both the land and building to another tenant at a higher rental rate in the future.

One of the main disadvantages of ground leases is that land does not depreciate. Therefore, owners/investors may not claim depreciation deductions to reduce their annual income tax liabilities. Working with experienced real estate investment advisors can help to minimize any downside risk to ground leases.

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