Real Estate

Why You Need an Attorney When Considering an RTO

If your credit rating is less than exceptional or you have difficulties with saving up enough money for a down payment, home buying can seem like an impossible task. In this situation, the option of a rent-to-own (RTO) home may seem like a blessing from above. However, RTO contracts can be quite difficult to understand. RTOs are also known as lease-to-own agreements or lease-options. They generally take a great deal of time and energy to complete. RTO agreements are also legally binding. That means it is critical that you know exactly what to ask for when negotiating with an owner. You should then present the contract to an attorney for a thorough review before signing.

Requirements for Completing a Rent to Own Agreement

Properly drafted rent to own contracts must contain several specific elements. That can include:

  • Information on escrow
  • Due dates for rent payments
  • Whether monthly rent will go toward the cost of purchasing the home
  • Address and specifics about the property and home
  • And more

Rent to own agreements delineate the nature of the relationship among the various parties involved in the leasing of a property. They also permit tenants to buy the property when the lease’s term is over. An RTO contract must be drawn up in exact accordance with state laws related to landlord-tenant relationships. Plus, it must strictly adhere to the current laws established by a state’s real estate commission.

A Lawyer’s Help is Essential

Renting to own may be an option for you if you’re unable to or choose not to buy a home currently. This circumstance may be due to an inability to meet the income or credit requirements, or to other factors. In any case, it’s important to consult with a knowledgeable real estate lawyer if you’re thinking about entering into an RTO agreement. That way, you know that the document includes everything it should and takes the laws into account.

If you’re considering entering into an RTO agreement, contact us today at Gandhi Selim Law Firm. Our experienced real estate attorneys are happy to assist you in determining if an RTO home is right for you. Plus, we can go over your document prior to entering into an RTO agreement.

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