Don't Make These Three Bad Assumptions When Drafting Lease

Even before the case starts, landlords are at a distinct disadvantage when they go to court over a lease interpretation: Because the landlord drafts the lease, courts will read any ambiguity in the tenant’s favor. Regrettably, landlords all too often aggravate this disadvantage by making assumptions that confuse what they think a lease provision means with what it actually says. And it’s not just landlords. Tenants are often guilty of the same mistake.

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