Real Estate: Dealing with Agents/Question


Good day
With reference to the rental of a townhome that I rented through a realtor last year and would like to rent it on my own to the same tenant without a realtor this year I have the following questions:
1. If renting out the property on my own (without an agent), the lease stated that I had to have a new lease. Someone mentioned to me that I could probably type over the old lease with the same clauses etc. but have a typist change rewrite in own words. Is this acceptable and a normal practice?
2. When having the lease signed should the tenant or landlord sign first, if the lease has to be mailed to the other party to be signed?

I recommend you read the agreement you have with the agent first.  Most agreements state that the agent will continue to receive a commission as long as you rent to the tenant the agent brought you, though this is not always true.
You can buy a standard lease form, which you should find in a local office supply store, or ask a real estate attorney to provide one.  I wouldn't just re-type the one you have.
I don't think it matters who signs the lease first.  I usually have tenants sign 2 copies, and I sign 2 copies, so that each of us has a lease with original signatures.
This is what I would do here in the States, I understand you are in the Caribbean and may want to check with someone local to see if things must be done a different way there.

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