NAPERVILLE RESIDENTIAL LEASE DRAFTING ATTORNEY
Lawyer for Writing Landlord Rental Agreements in Will County
As a residential landlord, the last thing you want to deal with is disruptive, destructive, non-paying tenants. Background and credit checks provide some protection, but they cannot prevent or predict a sudden change in a person's circumstances (illness, job loss, etc.).
One of your best protections is a tightly-written lease agreement that is customized to:
- The unique characteristics of your property.
- Your needs and preferences as a landlord.
- State and local laws, such as municipal "crime-free housing" ordinances.
At Gateville Law Firm, we know from experience that a well-written rental contract can head off many tenant problems and ensure that you have the best legal protection possible when tenant issues inevitably arise. Our attorneys are well-versed in the local requirements in DuPage, Will, Kendall, Grundy, and Kane County. In addition, because a big part of our legal practice involves landlord notice drafting and evictions, we make sure all leases include extra protection for the landlord in the event of tenant lease violations.
Why Use a Lawyer to Draft Residential Leases?
As a residential landlord, keeping your costs down can be as important as keeping your properties rented. You may be tempted to use a cheap, standard lease template from an office supply store or website. Unfortunately, these "free" and "cost-effective" residential leases are often lacking in substance and provide insufficient protection for the landlord.
Here are two good reasons to have an attorney prepare your residential leases:
1) Full legal compliance and protection.
The reality is, there is no such thing as a standard residential lease for Illinois or any particular county or city. Many Illinois cities have enacted special ordinances for criminal nuisance abatement, noise abatement, and property maintenance that landlords must obey. As just one example, the city of Aurora requires rental agreements to include a Crime Free Agreement. Plus, laws change from year to year.
2) Unique property characteristics and landlord needs.
Just look at your own rental properties compared to others in your area. You can easily see that every residential property has its own unique characteristics. You can head off many landlord-tenant disputes by covering issues like these in the lease:
- Parking and garages
- Responsibility for utilities
- Occupancy restrictions
- Prohibited items or behaviors (e.g., grills, waterbeds)
- Use of common spaces such as laundry rooms, party rooms, rooftops, hallways, staircases, and elevators
In addition, each landlord has their own unique needs and preferences. There is a big difference between running a multi-unit apartment building and renting a garage apartment or townhome adjacent to your own home. Landlords also have different preferences for receiving rental payments, particularly in this age of electronic payments.
A one-size-fits-all contract may be cheap to start with, but it can lead to serious problems down the road. It is far more cost-effective to have Gateville Law Firm, write a comprehensive rental contract that is customized to your property and your needs as a landlord, and do it at a very reasonable cost. See our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about our transparent pricing.
Residential Lease Drafting Attorney in Naperville
Experienced residential landlords prefer customized lease agreements, because they address the unique aspects of each property and provide the optimal legal protection for the landlord. For responsive and cost-effective residential lease drafting services, contact Gateville Law Firm at 630-780-1034. We serve landlords with residential rental properties in DuPage County, Will County, Kendall County, Grundy County, and Kane County.