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Tenant Edits Lease

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Chilliblue, 8th Mar, 2016.

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  1. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    In the US, a tenant upon noting that their lease was editable, inserted Clause 16 which hold the landlord to supply a birthday cake - not vanilla. No mention of decorations.

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    How cheeky hahaha...
    I'd send them one little cupcake with a candle and chocolate frosting.
     
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    House Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    What are the legalities of editing and returning leases anyway? Can't imagine any REA re-reading them all for such things.

    I've received all mine as PDF's and they're just as easy to edit with the right tools.
     
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    The general rule is you should be reading whatever it is you're signing - and that whatever is agreed is binding.

    I often see leases being issued to prospective tenants that aren't yet signed - I always thought it was a bit odd and probably better practice for the lease to be signed by the agent/owner first.
     
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    Documentation should always be checked regardless - sending word docs which aren't locked for editing is dangerous.
     
  7. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    Personally as an owner I would always be signing last to ensure no changes and @Scott is correct regarding his comments.

    On saying that, I have slipped a birthday card requirement into a commercial lease to see if one of my tenants solicitors picks it up. Need to prove that their legal adviser does nothing for his $2k. Two days on and no comment.
     
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    Oh maybe this is the reason why its commonly done? Its a bit of a misconception though.

    Signing first 'locks in' what the lease terms are. If a tenant tried to change the terms after that, then the changes wouldn't be valid, and would possibly be fraud.

    All you need to do is keep a copy of the lease as signed when you send it to the prospective tenant.
     
  9. D.T.

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    There's not really any way of protecting this - every document is editable.

    Best practice is to just do the sign up in person, have all parties read it and sign it together.
     
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    I always give a hard copy to the tenants... Collect the hardcopies. Double check everything THEN sign!