Landlords, Tenants, and Lease Agreements

Landlord and Tenant disputes are hardly rare in the legal system, and many times the issues are the result of a poorly drafted lease agreement in which the tenant or landlord did not know their rights and responsibilities.

Language in a lease agreement is of the utmost importance. One of the best examples of this is the word “bi-monthly.” The word means both twice a month and once every-other month; this is a big difference, and this ambiguity is completely unacceptable in a contract.

Tenants should be weary when entering into a lease agreement, especially for a commercial property where the result of negligence can be much more severe. Landlords should have attorneys who draw up the lease agreements, and the attorneys draft these documents to benefit their client. Many of the tenant’s rights and landlord’s responsibilities are purposely left out because some tenants will not correctly review the agreement. Having an attorney review the document will benefit you in the long run.

If you are thinking about signing a lease agreement or any other type of contract, contact a Florida Real Estate attorney to review the contract before you sign.

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