Most gyms need to rent their space. Because of that, they are sometimes limited by location/surroundings and preferences of the landlord. The result can be a massive commercial lease full of long paragraphs of legal language. It is understand, then, that gym owners don’t often read their commercial lease cover to cover and sometimes walk into serious issues after signing.
That’s where we step in!
One of the consultative services we offer is an analysis of the commercial lease. We look for items and restrictions that could come back to haunt the gym owner. A commonly overlooked issue is noise restriction. We see this restriction a lot when the gym owner is trying to lease a portion of a larger building. Other tenants in the building do not want to be bothered by noise when they are trying to operate their regular office-type businesses. Therefore, the lease prohibits excessive noise that may be a nuisance to other tenants. Sometimes, the lease specifically prohibits excessive noise from such sources as playing loud music.
Almost Every Gym Makes Noise
The problem is that almost every gym is going to make noise. It doesn’t matter if you are running a functional fitness gym, power lifting gym, spin studio, personal training business, or a cheer/gymnastics gym. At the very least, we all play loud music. Functional fitness and power lifting gyms have the added noise of dropping weights. The only type of physical fitness facility that doesn’t need to worry about this is generally is yoga, maybe Pilates.
What You Can Do About It
Because our businesses are inherently noisy, we have to be very cautious about signing a lease with a noise restriction. Sometimes, these restrictions are more obvious than others. There may be a decibel restriction listed. Sometimes, landlords make the restrictions less obvious by placing the restrictions at the end of a long paragraph or at the end of the lease.
Before you sign your lease, have someone review it. You don’t want to walk into a situation where the landlord is trying to limit your business growth right after opening. There are multiple pitfalls in those long long commercial leases.