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New Lease Accounting Rules May Affect Tenants and Landlords

The CoStar Group reports that Northrop Grumman Corp.’s decision in July to relocate its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to a 14-story, 334,385-square-foot building it acquired in Falls Church, VA, was a huge economic development victory for Fairfax County and the state of Virginia. But the defense contractor’s decision to buy rather than lease its headquarters building at 2980 Fairview Park Drive has also drawn renewed attention to a major international proposal that could effectively end off-balance-sheet treatment of leases.
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