Awesome, thanks for reading!
Well, if you’re looking to lease commercial real estate, it seems to reason that the cost of the property taxes should be priced into the monthly lease payments. If I was the landlord and I had a monthly tax burden of $1k, I would make sure that the lease payment covered my loan + maintenance/utilities + taxes + whatever cashflow I wanted.
So as I’m seeing it, you really shouldn’t be paying taxes for a commercial lease. Now, it’s possible that the landlord is using this as a negotiating tactic akin to asking for credit towards closing in the case of a purchase/sale. So you might be able to negotiate this away as I don’t think it’s normal.
However, if you have to pay a lease agreement of a monthly lease payment plus tax, then the fair thing would be to pay the 4 months of taxes you expect to be there and not the months in which you didn’t occupy the property.
Again this could be a negotiating tactic. I’d bring it up with the landlord.
Let me know what ends up happening, and of course, consult with a leasing professional first.