The advantages and disadvantages of Tenant-Ready spaces

Tenant-ready – or CAT A+ - spaces are fast becoming a major facet of the post-pandemic workspace landscape. While they’ve been around for some time now, the flexibility afforded by the tenant-ready approach, for both landlords and clients, is enticing in the present moment of heightened fluidity within the working world. While smaller businesses often benefit most from their use, even larger corporations can all find homes in tenant-ready spaces.

Tenant ready spaces are office spaces that are fully renovated and ready for a tenant to move in and begin operations. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of tenant ready spaces:


Reduced costs

Tenant ready spaces can save companies money in the long run, as they will not have to pay for costly renovations or updates before moving in.

Quicker move-in

Tenant ready spaces allow companies to move in and begin operations much more quickly than if they had to wait for renovations to be completed.

Improved efficiency

Tenant ready spaces are designed to be functional and efficient, with features such as energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and a layout that promotes productivity. This can help improve the overall efficiency of the company.


Tenant ready spaces typically offer a range of options for businesses, including flexible lease terms and the ability to scale up or down as needed. This can be a useful option for businesses that are growing or experiencing fluctuations in their workforce.


There are a few potential disadvantages to a tenant ready office space:

Higher upfront costs

Tenant ready office spaces are usually more expensive than vanilla shells, as the landlord has already invested in installing walls, floors, and other finishes.

Limited customization

Because the space has already been built out to a certain extent, there may be limited opportunities for the tenant to customize the space to their specific needs and preferences.

Short lease terms

Tenant ready office spaces are often leased on shorter terms than vanilla shells, which can be a disadvantage for tenants who are looking for longer-term stability.

Limited bargaining power

Because the space is already built out and ready for occupancy, the tenant may have less bargaining power when negotiating the terms of the lease.

Lack of control

The tenant may not have control over the design and layout of the space, which can be a disadvantage if the existing layout does not meet the tenant's needs or preferences.


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