DEFINITION of 'Land Lease Option'

An option within a lease contract that grants the lessee the right to extend the period of the lease beyond the original length of time. Usually, the lessee is required to pay a premium for the option, such as a small amount of money in each year of the original lease.

BREAKING DOWN 'Land Lease Option'

Like all options contracts, the land lease option allows its holder to act on favorable future market conditions. The lessee may want an option for many reasons. If the future market value of the land is uncertain, an option will allow the lessee to extend a relatively cheap lease in a rising price environment. For corporations, lease options allow them to reevaluate operations based on leased land in the future, before locking themselves into very long-term contracts.

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