POSTED ON Apr 15, 2021 7:15:00 AM / by Real Property Associates

Got Loopholes? What Bellevue Investors Need To Know About Creating a Stellar Lease

Loopholes in your lease agreements can sink your income and leave your Bellevue rental properties unprotected. Any reasonably savvy renter can spot a "leaky" lease and exploit it to their benefit, leaving you without a way to enforce the rules or collect past-due rent. 

Many rental property owners turn to free downloads to create lease agreements. However, without the right insights and experience, relying only on a template can leave you vulnerable to untrustworthy renters or professional tenants wanting to take advantage of you and your property. Using the same lease for multiple properties puts your entire portfolio at risk.

Before signing your next lease, make sure it's airtight and foolproof! Follow our expert Bellevue property management tips to create a stellar lease.

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Don't Download It

We understand that downloading a free template is easy—but don't do it. Yes, a template does most of the work for you, especially if you don't know where to start. However, while a template can be a guide to point you in the right direction, most free and downloadable templates leave a lot of room for errors and loopholes that can become significant problems without understanding what's missing.

Your lease is the governing document for your Bellevue rentals. It must be specific, include all necessary information, and hold up in court when enforcing the rules with residents who don't comply. If the document includes too much room for interpretation or any gray areas, it won't hold up when renters stop paying the rent, cause property damage, or leave without notice. 

Generic Information Can Be Dangerous

In most cases, lease templates supply only generic information. However, your lease agreement must comply with the wording and requirements for rental properties in Bellevue. It shouldn't say anything more (or less) than what real estate investors need to operate rental properties and manage residents properly legally. Without knowing what's wrong with a free template, you can't be sure the document follows the law and protects your property. 

If you're already working from a template, don't stress. Take what you have and button it up with critical terms and clauses to protect properties and give you a solid document to consult when it's time to enforce rental property rules with residents. 

Don't Leave Anything Out

A stellar lease helps rental property owners avoid lawsuits or succeed when a situation requires arbitration or a court settlement. It's also there to protect your property, income—and renters. Even if you win a lawsuit, it's a time-consuming and expensive process that can damage your long-term income.

To leave no room for ambiguity, your lease must be complete. A Bellevue property management company helps investors develop strong leases that include the:

  • Names of every approved renter for the property
  • Address and property's description
  • Monthly rent and security deposit amounts
  • Rental payment due date
  • Length of the lease
  • Rules and requirements for living in the property
  • If pets are allowed (or not)
  • Fees and penalties for breaking the rules

For pet-friendly Bellevue properties, a pet addendum is appropriate to document the specifics of the approved pet, rules, and additional fees. This document goes with the lease and must not include any information that conflicts with the lease terms. 

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Don't Create a Lease Alone

If you've realized that your current lease has too many gray areas and loopholes, it can be overwhelming. Spending more time looking for the resources you need can be time-consuming—and still leave you without the critical components of an airtight lease. 

Work with a Bellevue property management company to review your current lease or develop a new lease that leaves nothing to chance. It's worth the due diligence and expert insights to make sure your leaseholds renters accountable and follows local, state, and federal laws. 

The right property manager will also recommend consulting a lawyer to review your lease and make sure it's legal. Any time you make changes to the agreement, make sure your property manager and legal counsel review the updates and confirm them as okay. 

It Must Do the Heavy Lifting

Without an effective lease, investors don't have the backup they need to enforce the rules or protect Bellevue rental properties and income. Take the time to consult experts and fix anything that leaves you and your investments vulnerable to bad renters and situations that can derail your income or shut down your business.

A Bellevue Property Management Company Eliminates Loopholes

Investors don't have to worry about loopholes in the lease with the right Bellevue property management company caring for their rentals. We understand every aspect of an effective lease, and we make sure the details are correct before finalizing a lease with renters. 

Real Property Associates knows that the leasing process can be stressful. Let us handle every aspect of marketing your properties, screening new renters, and creating and signing leases for your Bellvue rentals!

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