What Does It Mean By Flex Space For Lease?

by Edriaan Koening ; Updated July 27, 2017

When looking at advertisements of properties for lease, you may come across real estate jargon such as flex space. A flex space is usually available for lease to commercial renters who intend to use it for business purposes. The renter can customize a flex space to meet his particular business needs.


In the 1970s, ugly industrial buildings had loading docks for trucks in front, forcing employees and visitors to go around these trucks to go to work. The 1980s saw demand for more office space and better-looking industrial buildings. Property developers came up with industrial buildings with rear loading docks, plenty of parking space and high ceilings. These features allowed businesses to use such buildings for various purposes. Thus, the flex space was born.


Businesses can use flex space for both inventory storage and office space. Because of the clean design of a flex space, businesses can remove and add features to make it their own. For example, they can place machinery and turn a flex space into a manufacturing factory. Alternatively, they can decorate the area into a showroom to display their products to prospective customers. They can also turn it into a laboratory, a retail store or an assembly area.


A business can rent a flex space for five years or less, according to Baltimore Business Journal. As such, a growing business can quickly move if it outgrows the flex space. Because flex space comes in sizes between 1,500 to 60,000 square feet, businesses can move from one flex space to another, depending on the kind of business space they need. A business renting a flex space has the ability to control various building features, such as HVAC, security and operating hours.


The lease rate of a flex space is often less than that of a specialized business space. This is because the business rents only the areas it needs, without having to pay rent on common areas, such as hallways and bathrooms, which are usually present in regular office buildings. Also, the simplistic design of the space means that it costs less to build, allowing the property developer to pass on the savings to the renter.

About the Author

Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.