Having Tenant Initial One Lease Page May Make Provisions on Others Harder to Enforce
Leases are long, complicated documents that only attorneys read word for word. Accordingly, landlords and other lease drafters may use different techniques to draw attention to part of the lease that they think are really important. One example is by having the tenant initial pages containing key provisions. Initials serve as a kind of acknowledgement that the tenant saw the page and understood it carried a degree of gravitas. The problem with this technique is that it can have precisely the opposite effect for pages the tenant doesn’t initial.