What Are CAM Caps in Commercial Real Estate?

When it comes to commercial real estate, there are many terms and concepts that can seem complex and confusing. One such term is CAM caps, which stands for Common Area Maintenance caps. In this blog post, we will explore what CAM caps are and how they are used in the commercial real estate industry.

Understanding CAM Caps

In commercial real estate, common areas such as lobbies, hallways, elevators, parking lots, and landscaped areas are shared by all tenants in a building or complex. These areas require ongoing maintenance and repairs to ensure they are clean, safe, and well-maintained. The cost of maintaining these common areas is typically shared among the tenants in the form of Common Area Maintenance (CAM) expenses.

CAM expenses can include costs for cleaning services, landscaping, snow removal, security, repairs, and general maintenance of communal spaces. To protect tenants from unpredictable and potentially excessive CAM expenses, landlords often implement CAM caps.

The Role of CAM Caps

CAM caps serve as a limit or cap on the amount of CAM expenses that tenants are responsible for. This means that once the total CAM expenses exceed the predetermined cap, tenants are not required to contribute any additional funds towards the maintenance of the common areas.

CAM caps provide tenants with financial predictability and protection from unexpected spikes in CAM expenses. They help create transparency and fairness in the allocation of maintenance costs, ensuring that tenants are not burdened with excessive expenses. CAM caps also incentivize landlords to manage and control CAM expenses efficiently.

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Negotiating CAM Caps

When entering into a commercial lease agreement, it is crucial for tenants to understand and negotiate the terms of CAM caps. It is advisable to consult with a commercial real estate attorney or broker who can guide tenants through the leasing process and help negotiate favorable CAM cap terms.

Tenants should consider factors such as the initial CAM amount, the percentage to increase the CAM amount, the frequency of cap adjustments, mechanisms for reviewing and calculating CAM expenses, how disputes regarding CAM expenses will be resolved, and any exclusions to the cap.


CAM caps play a vital role in commercial real estate, providing protection and financial predictability for tenants. By setting a limit on CAM expenses, landlords can ensure that tenants are not burdened with excessive maintenance costs. Understanding and negotiating the terms of CAM caps are essential for tenants to make informed decisions and protect their interests in commercial lease agreements.

By being aware of CAM caps and their implications, tenants can navigate the complexities of commercial real estate leasing with confidence and make well-informed decisions. Contact STRATAFOLIO to learn more about how we can help you with your common area maintenance.

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