Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

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Vermonster
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Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby Vermonster » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:55 am

So we're moving out of our small cottage and into a apartment complex outside of the Princeton area. We have been accepted and were given a lease to sign electronically. This is the first lease I have ever seen that has a clause allowing us to have an attorney review and sign the lease on our behalf. I didn't see anything that made me think I needed to go through with that, but I was curious; do you or have you ever had an attorney review a lease? If so, what was the result?
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Re: Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby Tubpbs » Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:37 pm

Vermonster wrote:So we're moving out of our small cottage and into a apartment complex outside of the Princeton area. We have been accepted and were given a lease to sign electronically. This is the first lease I have ever seen that has a clause allowing us to have an attorney review and sign the lease on our behalf. I didn't see anything that made me think I needed to go through with that, but I was curious; do you or have you ever had an attorney review a lease? If so, what was the result?


I've never had an attorney review a lease for residential space. I have had commercial leases looked at. I would say the result will be some legal fees you don't need and changes he or she wants made to the lease that the landlord won't make anyway... Is the landlord a large company or smaller, more personal entity? Either way, I wouldn't waste your time or money having a lawyer review it if you have read through the entire lease and nothing jumps out at you.
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Re: Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby Vermonster » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:25 pm

It is a larger company that operates in numerous states. A lot of what is in the lease is dictated by NJ laws and it will clearly reference them. I saw a few firms that will offer to go over commercial leases for $120/hour. I'm sure residential isn't as lucrative, but I don't even want to spend half that.
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Re: Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby Tubpbs » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:14 pm

Did you read the lease in its entirety? Either way, you have to take into account that everyone else that lives or has lived there has had the same opportunity to review the lease and either did or did not. However, given that it's a larger landlord, I would be very surprised if they would change a single word of the lease anyway. Also, anything in the lease that is illegal is null and void anyway. Unless you've read everything and something seems ridiculous or completely inequitable to you, I would not be terribly concerned about having it reviewed by an attorney. (Keep in mind, I am not an attorney and my advice is just advice. You must do what you feel is right for you and to protect your best interest and well being)
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Re: Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby rockyrock » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:05 am

I would read the lease in its entirety and if nothing jumps out to you as weird, it's probably okay. Have a friend look at it too just to have another set of eyes on it. Consider comparing the language of your current lease to this new one.

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Re: Having an Apartment Lease reviewed

Postby Vermonster » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:24 am

Thanks for the advice. There were some issues early on because it attempted to auto-generate a lease for us, but was missing a lot of info. Then the woman at the office gave us the wrong lease to sign.

rockyrock wrote:Consider comparing the language of your current lease to this new one.


We've been pretty spoiled recently. We rent from an older man that lives next door. Our lease is one page that basically says we pay $x per month for rent and we pay our own utilities. I'm sure legally it isn't worth much more than the paper its printed on. :P
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