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Don’t Overlook These Clauses When Preparing a Lease

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Important Clauses That Can’t Be Overlooked While Signing A Lease

For tenants and landlords, it’s hard to navigate through key sections and provisions. But we are here to make this tiresome job a tempting task for you. This will be helpful for both the parties to resolve their legal matters and concerns during a rental lease agreement. The lease should cover the basic terms of tenancy and some of the major one that can’t be overlooked in any of the case are listed below.

 1- Name and Address of Landlord Must Be Acquired

 The real headache comes in when everything is done without knowing the authentic landlord contact and information. Being said that, unnamed parties are not bound by the legal contract. Therefore, do check if the property is owned by the landlord in real who is signing agreement with you. You should verify the ownership of the property by getting complete name, contact information and address. Some states, do not require this. However, in Massachusetts, it is mandatory to have a complete contact information to be on the rental apartment lease.

 2- Defined Clear Dates Must Be Acknowledged

Every rental document should state the exact move-in and move-out dates. It is very important part of tenants’ lease agreement that gives security to both parties. Furthermore, you should be very clear if the lease is self-renewing or fixed annual lease. Either, it is a month to month lease that sets the rent for 12 months period duration or the date is set after the mutual decision of both parties.

 3- Proper Address Must Be Mentioned in Lease

Official communications between both parties must be addressed with right information. Both tenants and landlords should provide the proper address in the tenants’ lease agreement. This makes each tenant legally responsible for all terms and obligations during stay on a rental property.

 4- Tenants Conduct Must Be Addressed in Lease

This is very important matter that should not be ignored under no circumstances. Being a good neighbor matters a lot. You should touch up and verify everything from smoking, loud noise, stuff throwing from balcony to deck, litter or any other stuff in the hallway. If tenants smoke, that must be complied with the terms and conditions like can they smoke within the property boundaries? Or what are the substitutes to smoking and many more things like this.

 5- Any Claim for Support Animals Must Be Assessed

Most people have a habit of keeping the support animals with them. It is a growing claim by the tenants these days. Nevertheless, if animal is a pet then it does not come in support animal category. In case if, tenant claims for a support animal, then he should be responsible for documenting the medical requirements, veteran reports or the vaccination etc. of the animal. He should ensure and be able to prove the veterinary record is updated. No any internet documentation should be accepted in this regard.

 Note: A service animal supports and assists in a bodily function to the owner. The rule to accept is mandatory.

 6- Subletting the Apartment to Friends/Relatives

Landlords should make it clear to the tenants either tenants can rent the apartment to another person or not. They should specify in the lease that rental unit is the residence of tenants only who have signed the agreement. To avoid problems in future, landlords should do proper screening and if your guest rented the property to a third person then what type of screening did the person went through? How he managed to rent the friends or third person? You may keep regular checks on tenants. To be on a safer side, no subletting allowed is a good clause to avoid any future issues.

 7- Income Must Be Defined on Lease

More the income listed on application, more will be it beneficial to either of the parties. It is also better to have all adults and folks (18+) while signing the apartment lease contract. It is valuable step for both the parties. Furthermore, landlords should verify the picture ID of each tenant. It can be added as an option to fill out by the lease. You never know when you need this for any of the reason.

 8- Every Right Should Be Clearly Defined in Lease

It should be clearly defined on lease agreement document that landlords and their agents have right to enter the apartment. It is better to give 24-hour prior notice through call or writing if possible. But, before that one must ensure this right is documented in the lease. There must be communication form in the lease from where you will be able to communicate via notice, text message, email or not just certified letter. Many good habit property managers like real property manager on South Shore follow this practice. And that’s the reason they are successful in real property management and have a huge list of satisfied clients be it landlords or tenants. If you want a reliable and trustworthy property manager, then RPM Associates is the right choice for you.

 9- Who Will Be the Tenant/ Landlord Representative

It is necessary to mention the name of the tenant and the person to whom you are going to pay the rent. The address to mail the rental needs must be clear with complete rental information. As you know, electronic payment system has gained popularity since last many years. The property management on South Shore and all across the world is managed effectively by this system to avoid any confusion between either of the parties. So, it is advised to select tenant and landlord representatives to who will deal with all the matters of tenancy agreement.

 Hope so after reading these clauses, you will keep them in mind. You can save your time by hiring the Real Property Management Associates.

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