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It’s important that you understand what you are signing, both to make sure your rights are protected and so that you clearly understand your obligations under the contract. Below we’ve outlined several ways renters can protect their rights. If you have questions, or would like a lawyer in your state to review your lease before you sign, a LegalShield Personal plan comes with all that and more for just $24.95/month.
While many landlords start with standard lease forms, tenant law varies from state to state and modifications to terms and conditions that favor landlords are common. As such, it’s important that you read the lease carefully to make sure you understand the terms and conditions you’ll be agreeing to.
If you’ve read the lease and you have legal questions you’d like answered before you feel 100% comfortable signing on the dotted line, speak with a tenant lawyer.
Most landlords treat their rentals as a business and know that they need happy customers (renters) to be profitable over the long-term. As such, there are a variety of terms and conditions you may be able to negotiate to sweeten the deal. Here are a few examples.
Just because something is stated in a lease, doesn’t mean it’s legal or enforceable. Once you have a personal legal plan, your lawyer can review the lease agreement, provide legal advice and, if appropriate, make a call to the landlord on your behalf.
The first place to look for your rights and responsibilities as a tenant is reviewing the lease agreement itself. That said, there are certain rights and responsibilities under State and Federal law that tenants should be aware of before they sign a lease.
Having a personal plan from LegalShield allows you to pick up the phone and call your lawyer any time you have a question about your rights or responsibilities as a renter.
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Even if you feel like the rental fee and the basic terms and conditions of the lease agreement seem fair, there are a few other questions you may want to ask before you commit.
It’s not uncommon to sign a lease for a year-long term. It’s best to take an extra moment or two at the beginning to make sure this is the right rental for your needs. We’ve created a tenant lease checklist to guide you through the process.
Most lawyer’s charge $150-$400 an hour even for basic advice. As such, most people don’t think of calling a lawyer when they have quick questions or need someone to look over a lease before they sign it. LegalShield provides an affordable solution.
Signing a standard rental agreement may have significant legal and financial implications over the long-term. Having a lawyer review the document or coach you on how to negotiate terms helps protect your rights.
For a small fee, starting at $24.95/month, your lawyer can review your lease and provide unlimited legal consultation. Furthermore, your lawyer is available to make calls and write letters on your behalf to help negotiate a fair deal, change lease terms or resolve a dispute.
Finding solutions to your legal issues doesn’t have to be stressful, complicated or expensive. LegalShield puts the power of legal representation within reach of any individual, family, or business. We work hard to make it easy, simple, and affordable to get the legal help you need, when you need it.