You would be able to sign the lease papers as soon as you create the legal entity to run your business. The duration of the lease contract can vary, but usually it starts from one year (which includes some deposit payments). While negotiating the price, take into account which factors could lower the price – and is it worth it.
Those factors are:
- Transport availability (including parking);
- The venue condition (including such little things like are there any windows – your escape room basically does not need those);
- Nearby infrastructure (shops, restaurants and other entertainment facilities);
- The district status – it is questionable to open your escape room in a problem area of the city (which is considered to be criminal, for example) only because the lease contract allows you to save some part of your budget.