Should I Consult An Attorney Before Signing A Lease?
Entering into a legal contract to lease property can be overwhelming and confusing, and you may be uncertain what you are committing yourself to. Whether you are looking to sign a residential or commercial lease, having an attorney assist you can be helpful and will ease your concerns.
If you are looking at leasing an apartment, you may have little bargaining power, and the lease is likely is a very standard form most landlords use. Unless you are uncomfortable with the language used in the lease and uncertain of what it means, you may not need an attorney for this.
If you are dealing with a landlord on a single piece of property, such as a house, you probably should consult an attorney to review the terms of the lease to ensure the landlord has not invented bizarre terms that normally would not be appropriate.
If you are looking to lease commercial space, it is usually a good idea to have an attorney review the lease. Even though the landlord or leasing agent for large commercial spaces may tell you they are subject to “standard” leases, you have more bargaining power as a potential tenant, and likely can negotiate changes.
For example, in a mall, the leasing agent may present you with a lease that contains complicated, onerous terms you are not comfortable with or don't understand. The time to negotiate is before you sign the lease. You also need an attorney to make you aware of all of the commitments for both yourself and the landlord.
If you are looking to enter into a lease and would like to determine if legal guidance would be appropriate, please schedule a free initial consultation* with Adair M. Buckner, attorney at law.
*(The free consultation does not cover actual review of documents or giving legal advice on a specific situation.)
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