When purchasing something is not quite possible (or desired) the option for many individuals and companies comes down to leasing or renting. While both have similarities, getting access to an asset for a limited period, there are significant differences as well. This article will help you understand those differences when your decision to lease vs. rent comes up.
A lease is a contract to rent an asset, be it land, a building, or machinery, for a set period of time and for set payment terms. Leases often come with many conditions in terms of the allowed use of the asset and even required maintenance terms.
A typical lease is often long term, ranging from 1 year to as many as 10 or 20 years. Significant penalties can be incurred by either party, the lessor (owner of the asset) or the lessee (user of the asset), in the event that either party violates the lease.
It is also not uncommon for the asset to revert to the lessee at the end of the lease automatically or for what is termed a ‘bargain purchase option’ where the asset can be bought for significantly less than it is worth. This means that once the lease runs its course you have effectively bought the asset, though when considering the lease payments often for far more than it was actually worth.
Renting typically involves a shorter time period, often 1 year maximum, with the option to extend after the term at the discretion of both parties. Rentals are more suited to the temporary use of assets (land, buildings, or machinery) when the expectation is that it will not be needed long term. Rental contracts are generally far more casual than lease agreements, where a formal agreement with many terms will be drawn up.
Alternatively, if the cost of renting/leasing the asset is high it can be rented for a short period only when absolutely needed and then returned. Often this happens with construction work, where a very expensive piece of equipment (i.e. a crane) is needed for a relatively short time period but not afterwards. There’s no need to buy the asset or even lease it for several years, so a short rental period is appropriate.
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http://www.sec.gov.ph/ SECURITIES & EXCHANGE COMMISSION
http://www.prc.gov.ph/ PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION
https://www.itdp.org Institute for Transportation and Development News
https://uli.org/ Urban Land Institute link for regular news
https://www.ivsc.org/ INTERNATIONAL VALUATION STANDARDS
http://data.gov.ph/ OPEN DATA FOR FILIPINOS
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