Why is it so important for a tenant to sign the lease first? My wife and I recently bought a duplex as a rental property investment. My question is: do my wife and I have to sign the lease as an owner or can it only be one of our own? It`s in Texas, a communal state. Leasing contracts and monthly leases have their pros and cons. Leases allow landlords to rent property that is not desirable for long-term tenants. It is also advantageous if rents can rise rapidly, so the landlord can renegotiate the terms of the contract from month to month. They benefit tenants who only have to stay in a particular location during a transition or if they are unsure of the length of their tenancy in the area concerned. A lessor is not required to renew the terms of the old lease and is free to change the conditions and rental amounts upon request. This is why some tenants prefer to sign a longer-term lease if the monthly rent is very reasonable and in an area where rents are likely to increase during the term of the lease. On the other hand, a lease is advantageous for a lessor because it offers the stability of long-term guaranteed income. It is advantageous for a tenant because it is stuck in the rent amount and length of the rent and cannot be changed, even if the real estate values or the rent increase. Depending on the administrative agreement and local laws, a real estate administrator may or may not issue a copy of the lease to an owner.
Linda, your situation seems complicated. If they indicate that you have falsified a rental agreement and you say you have falsified your signature, I can suggest that you bypass that employee and go directly to the real estate management company. You will be able to compare all signed documents and calendars. If you are not satisfied with the way the management company is responding to your concerns, go back to your local housing authority for help. And if you decide to take legal action from there, you can find a lawyer who is knowledgeable in real estate law and who has access to writing experts.