Many lawyers perform commercial leasing work, but how many are specialist commercial leasing lawyers?
Many lawyers source their leases from templates provided by other non-lawyer service providers. Or they copy and paste large sections from other lawyers’ leases or heaven forbid, the REIWA lease.
You can tell this because these documents often lack consistency, are drafted poorly and have formatting mistakes and grammar errors.
Have you ever seen a lease with paragraphs that differ in numbering and indenting? Or a lease with the same term defined differently such as “Leased Premises” and “Premises” in the same document?
How about string sentences that vary in different places without reason? For example, you will see “agents, employees and contractors” in one place and “agents, employees, consultants and contractors” in another place?
These are all warning signs that a document has been cobbled together. You don’t have to be a leasing lawyer to tell if a lease is any good. Just look for the frequency of the above mistakes and go with your gut feeling.
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