This excerpt taken from the EQR 8-K filed Mar 6, 2007.
Rental income from commercial space is generally recognized on a straight-line basis over the life of the lease. All commercial leases have been accounted for as operating leases with remaining lease terms from one to five years.
Repairs and Maintenance
Repairs and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred, while significant improvements, renovations and replacements are capitalized.
The preparation of the statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
All advertising costs are expensed as incurred and included as operating expenses on the accompanying statements of revenue and certain expenses. For the year ended December 31, 2005 and the period from January 1, 2006 to August 15, 2006 (unaudited), advertising expenses were approximately $162,000 and $66,000, respectively.