Here are some of the things you should look for in a lease before signing it. Consider this Washington Post anecdote: a couple of landlords sent a lease to potential tenants to sign. The owners sent the rental contract themselves after signing, but they came across the radio silence of potential tenants. Since they had already signed the lease, they were simply waiting for a response from the tenants, but they could not hear anything. During this period, they could not simply lease the property to another applicant, as the original tenants could apply with the original lease signed. While the couple waited, the property remained uninhabited and reaped zero rental income. If the couple had sent an unsigned copy, they could have leased the property to another party, as a rental agreement would not be valid without the owners` signature. “It`s much easier if someone comes to me before signing a lease than if they want to renegotiate after signing the document,” says Rosales. A tenant should always avoid signing a rental agreement with voids. This probably means that the owner does not yet know any specific data and details, so they fill in the gaps later. However, an owner can fill spaces with dates, terms or statements that you do not accept. Later, they could use that lease to put you in trouble with the law. Never sign a contract without dates and conditions already printed.
Landlords want tenants to know their responsibilities under the lease, and they are more familiar with those responsibilities when they have a copy of the lease at hand. It is also helpful for the tenant to know where the owner`s liability ends. Imagine one of the following scenarios: the tenant`s pet bites another tenant, the tenant`s bike is stolen from the apartment, the tenant wants you to terminate the lease prematurely because they are moving to another city…. It is important to understand that there are leases to protect both the landlord and the tenant, and these are not contractual pitfalls that must be feared by both parties. The most important thing is to maintain communication throughout the process, from the signing of the lease to its expiry. In this context, most situations can be resolved before legal complications occur. For the few areas of the country that allow oral tenancy, I cannot say that an offer only establishes the tenant-owner relationship. Some tenants of our apartment complex have not received a copy of our rental agreement in more than a year from the date of signing, including myself. Is this a legal practice? Hello Belin, you know they haven`t signed? Sometimes the second part can sign, but don`t (or forget) to send a signed copy. You can contact your landlord and ask for a signed copy for your records.
If you haven`t signed, it depends on the rules of your country. In some cases, the landlord who allows you to withdraw and accept your down payment and rent would be considered consent to the tenancy agreement in the event of a dispute. In other states, the lease is not mandatory until both parties sign. I advise you to contact your local housing agency to ask for their specific local/government regulations.