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Ground Lease

A lease agreement where the land owner (lessor) agrees to lease their land for a set period of time. Depending on the contents of the agreement, the lessor can stipulate what the lessee can and can not do with the property. The lease term is typically 20 years or more, with many being 99 years in length. The lessee pays the lessor a monthly, quarterly or annual rent payment. The lessee often constructs a building on the site and operates it or leases it as if they owned the ground in fee. At the expiration of the lease agreement, the lessor gains control of whatever is constructed on the land, unless the lease is renewed.