DEFINITION of 'Renewal Option'

A clause in a lease that outlines the terms for renewing or extending an original lease agreement. The renewal option appears as a covenant in the original lease and provides specifications under which the leaseholder can renew or extend the original lease term for an additional, specified time and rate (rent).

BREAKING DOWN 'Renewal Option'

A renewal option provides the leaseholder the option, but not the obligation, to renew or extend a lease agreement beyond its initial terms. A start-up business may, for example, rent an office space for five years. A renewal option would allow the business to renew or extend the lease to remain in the office space beyond the five-year lease term. This can be beneficial to the business: if it is doing well in the location, it can remain for an additional term; if it is doing poorly, it can close shop at the end of the initial term without defaulting on the lease and without pressure to renew or extend it.

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