Leasing a City-Owned Property

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and standards governing non-profit organizations leasing city-owned properties. Organizations will be required to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to lease a city-owned property.

Criterion 1: Accountability & Sustainability
The organization must have the following:
  • Quantifiable goals and objectives
  • A policy of non-discrimination in providing programs or services
  • Cooperation with existing related programs and community services
  • Be a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization
Criterion 2: Program Need & City Benefit
The organization must have the following:
  • A clear demonstration of public benefit and provision of direct services to the residents of the City of Fort Myers
  • Demonstrate a need for their programs or activities
Criterion # 3: Fiscal Stability
The organization must have the following:
  • A sound financial plan which demonstrates managerial and fiscal competence
  • A history of performing in a financially competent manner
Organization Requirements
Organizations will be required to:
  • Carry a minimum of $1 million liability insurance
  • Pay 10-15% of market rate rent plus Common Area Maintenance (CAM) and, if applicable, a share of the utilities based on square footage being used
  • Provide annual report to City Council outlining their contribution to the City of Fort Myers and how their programs and or services are making a positive impact on the lives of the citizens