Operating Lease

Definition of "Operating lease"

Regular rental of property between the lessee and lessor for a fee. An operating lease does not satisfy the criteria for a capital lease. An example is renting an apartment. A lessee recognizes rent expense. A corporate lessee should disclose the future minimum lease payments in total and for each of the five succeeding rentals, contingent rentals, sublease rentals, and classes (types) of property leased. The lessor recognizes rental revenue.

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