Are low financial costs for a NYC shared office worth it if your sublet space has crazy rules that make no sense?
Subleasing an office space in someone else’s leased office is more common than one may think, and it is typically the most used office solution for small firms that need a physical office space to conduct business.
A standard commercial lease is a big commitment and often one that is out of reach for many solo attorneys and small firms to handle. A larger firm may be able to do this and may even need the space, but for a small firm or solo attorney, this is certainly not the case and often an impractical solution.
Even if your NYC sublet office space is cheap at first, there may be unexpected occurrences that end up making it more expensive than what it should be to sublet the space.
Crazy rules may be set by NYC landlords and that is a problem for you.
When you have your own office space, you have the freedom to make whatever rules you want because it is your space. Shared office providers also allow this feature typically with a few common sense rules that help to maintain respect to other tenants, but for the most part it is your rules to set and maintain.
Law firms who sublet space are not in the business of renting office space. They are usually just trying to offset the costs of their own rent. It’s not uncommon to have to deal with quirky rules set by the sublet landlord. Things we’ve seen, for example:
– You must have cherry wood furnishings purchased from Room and Board.
– The cost of paper is split between all lawyers whether you use the copy machine or not.
– You can use the conference room any time you want, unless your landlord’s firm needs it; then you’re on your own.
Even though outrageous rules are colossally annoying, having no rules is even worse. Rules provide guidelines and once they do not exist, it means it is really a free-for-all.
No rules mean even greater havoc.
No rules means you cannot complain if your suitemates are disruptive or even hamper your business practices throughout the day. For some, no rules is a dream come true, but it’s typically the ones who are disruptive that find this appealing. For those who need to conduct business it may be their worst nightmare.