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Master Lease

Definition of "Master lease"

Peg S. Archibald
  Century 21

  1. Major lease in a structure that controls subleases. An example is a landlord and attorney entering into a main lease for the third floor offices of building. This lease takes precedence over a sublease between the attorney and an accountant for one of the offices.
  2. A controlling property lease. Subleases are controlled by the master lease in the sense they cannot extend beyond the terms of the master lease. For example, John grants Jack a 10-year master lease on a commercial office building, Jack can sublease the offices for terms not to exceed the 10-year master lease.

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