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Lease Review and Negotiation

A lease is a written agreement entered into by a landlord and a tenant. At first glance, a lease agreement may seem to meet all of your needs. However, some leases contain terms that could impact your ability to utilize the property as you may have planned or envisioned. Enlisting a skilled lawyer to review the lease before you sign could save you time and money down the road. An attorney can also answer any questions that you may have regarding future concerns about the property and your responsibilities as a tenant.

Landlord-Tenant Laws

If you decide to rent your property to tenants, the Conejo Valley Law Group can help you draft a lease agreement that protects your property and complies with local laws and regulations. Different laws and restrictions apply to various types of rental properties, such as apartments, mobile homes, single-family homes and condominiums.

Residential lease agreements generally contain terms relating to the following:

  • Duration of lease
  • Duties of landlord
  • Termination of lease
  • Tenant responsibilities
  • Security deposit
  • Use of premises
  • Fees and penalties
  • Grounds for eviction

Generally, problems arising from a lease can be resolved between the landlord and tenant. If the parties are unable to resolve any problems associated with the lease or the property, a lawyer can help resolve the dispute through mediation or renegotiate the terms of the lease to accommodate the concerns of both parties.

Negotiating Lease Terms

Many renters enter into a rental agreement without considering the respective bargaining power they may have in the arrangement. There are many factors to consider in negotiating a lease agreement. The rental market is typically the biggest issue. It behooves you to consult with an experienced attorney to negotiate the terms of the lease as there are many elements to a lease that may not be obvious to a layperson but would be noticed and can be addressed by an attorney.

Contact Jeffrey Moscot, Experienced Real Estate Attorney

As a real estate professional and a lawyer, Jeff is deeply familiar with the California housing market. He can help you understand your rights as a landlord or a tenant. If you are concerned about the terms of a lease, please bring a copy of the lease agreement to our office for review. Contact the Conejo Valley Law Group to discuss your lease or any other residential real estate issue.

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