Entering into a residential lease is an exciting event, but it can also be confusing, especially for first-time renters. Consulting an attorney early in the process helps head off potential stress and problems. Here are three ways lawyers make a positive difference.
Negotiating Lease Terms
Landlords, property managers, and real estate agents often use standard printed residential lease agreements. However, there are numerous opportunities for tenants to modify those contracts before signing them. Attorneys help negotiate favorable lease terms, such as rent due dates and late fees, security deposit requirements, the right to sublease, response times for repair requests, and notice requirements in case of default.
Drafting & Reviewing Agreements
You and your landlord may want to prepare a residential lease specifically for your circumstances. An attorney will draw up an agreement tailored to your needs or review a lease your landlord or their lawyer has prepared. Hiring an attorney at this stage to act in your best interests saves time and money. You can avoid landlord-tenant disputes that might arise from unclear or missing lease provisions.
Enforcing Lease Terms
Once you sign a residential lease, an attorney will help you enforce its terms when necessary. Ensuring a landlord makes timely repairs under normal and emergency conditions is an important provision that often becomes a point of controversy. If quiet enjoyment of the premises or safety and security issues arise, your lawyer is a strong advocate and will help you deal with the situation, especially if mediation or court action is warranted.
Whether you need help negotiating, drafting, or enforcing commercial or residential leases, contact Alan A. Panek Law Office, S.C. in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Experienced in commercial and residential real estate matters, this attorney offers wise counsel to clients throughout the region. Learn more about his practice areas online now. For an initial consultation, call (715) 421-4900.