Frequently Asked Questions
Virtually all institutional landlords employ very smart real estate and legal professionals with the same objective: get as much money from, and shift as much risk as possible to, the tenant. Coincidentally, these firms, most of whom earn 75% or more of their income from landlords, also happen to be the same firms that want to provide you with corporate services. They are often under pressure by their stockholders to increase revenue and, at the street broker level, are under pressure to keep existing and get more landlord assignments. This causes a significant conflict of interest and is why Avocat Group never represents any landlords or developers and never will. It also makes us less well known – you’ll never see our name in front of buildings for lease – although the reason that you know the names of the others is exactly the reason that you’ll want to consider someone else to represent your interests.
Calculate your expected monthly rent and multiply it by the probable length of your lease. Now ask yourself, “If I was involved in a lawsuit for this much money, would I represent myself?” The answer is probably “no”, because the other side would have very smart legal professionals build a case to take as much of that money from you as possible. Likewise, virtually all institutional landlords employ very smart real estate and legal professionals with the same objective: get as much money from, and shift as much risk as possible to, the tenant. So yes, you can represent yourself in either a lease or a lawsuit, although that may not be the most wise strategy.