Hi all, firstly, let me preface this by saying the lease is currently with our solicitor, so legal advice is of course being sought before I sign. I am about to sign my first commercial lease, (as a tenant), for a small office space that was originally built as an apartment over a shop but has been leased as offices for several years. The lease first draft has come through from the agent and I have sent it to our solicitor. Mean time though, I have read through it and it seems there is a lot there I am liable for that has surprised me being that it is essentially a residential property leased as an office. I realize there are differences between resi & commercial but just wanted to get an idea from folk on here experienced in commercial property what the general norm is to expect to be liable for in a commercial lease? First of all, the agreed weekly rent came back on the lease as 10% higher than we agreed, I guessed this was GST added. The agent has confirmed it is GST but it appears the landlord is not GST registered, so that one is with the solicitor at the moment to check registration. I guess if they are not GST registered then the can't (or rather shouldn't) be charging me GST? The rest of it is generally along the lines of I have to pay, or am liable for:- Land Tax Landlords buildings insurance Rates Water Rates Body Corp fees all utilities, (which is fine) Responsible for all guttering, pipes, blockages Cleaning (which is fine) Any and all repairs to landlord equipment, (i.e. there are 3 split system air con units in there) Is any or all of the "normal", or do agent/commercial landlords just throw everything in and hope your solicitor doesn't come back on any if it? I assume I can cross anything I don't like out before we send it back then negotiate a compromise? Just wondering what it is I should realistically expect to be liable for in small office lease. Cheers.