The Tenant Defender Brokerage
Anthony Dyson Broker of Record 416-410-1080

How Much Space Do You Need?

This will vary from building to building depending upon floor configurations, gross or load factors (we’ll discuss this later), floor efficiencies and other factors. 

 However, in my experience, most Tenants either think they need too much space or too little and this can affect the time you spend looking at space.  You may have to spend more time than is necessary on multiple trips to view buildings when your broker shows you space that is either too small or too big. 

Do a Space Analysis 

This will vary from building to building depending upon floor configurations, gross or load factors (we’ll discuss this later), floor efficiencies and other factors. 


However, in my experience, most Tenants either think they need too much space or too little and this can affect the time you spend looking at space. You may have to spend more time than is necessary on multiple trips to view buildings when your broker shows you space that is either too small or too big. 

The best solution is to spend a little money and have a planner do a space analysis for your company and find out how much usable area your company requires even before going to the market. 

As an aside, a planner I recently spoke with told me that planning for disabled employees is not only becoming law in Ontario and of course is law in the United States but also that the code as it now exists does not provide adequately for such things as scooters which take up more room than wheelchairs. So a good planner will take this into account when planning for your new premises.

A rule of thumb for those unwilling to go the planner route is to allow for about 200 – 250 usable square feet per person. However, depending on your particular company, you may need more or less space than this so this is an unreliable method. The hybrid model may alter these figures.  

In fact, only using a planner will provide a reliable number.