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In the midst of all the issues revolving around the leasehold scandal, some people have been more careful with their real-estate decisions. For the most part, the investment itself already takes a lot to pursue. Not only will money be in the center of it, it also includes effort and the future of people’s livelihood.

Leaseholds are not that horrible especially when due responsibility is taken on before entering agreements. One crucial part of the process is negotiating the contract for the leasehold. This is where both parties establish ground rules and compromise the terms.

As a lessee, here are some tips that you should consider when negotiating your contract:

1. Know the property value, thoroughly.

Before going for a meeting to negotiate contracts, you should have extensive knowledge of the market value of the property you have your eye on. This gives puts you on equal footing with owners because then you will be able to confidently reflect your knowledge of the nature of the negotiation. This will prevent a point of disadvantage for you.

2. Always involve experts and lawyers.

Much of what can make a contract full of loopholes is one party not being able to comment on certain clauses. If you are not legally oriented, you should seek a lawyer and real-estate expert to orient you on the matter.

3. Insist on precise terms.

Good contracts should always be precise. Ambiguous clauses, especially on fees and rates cause a lot of headaches in the long run, especially for leaseholds. This type of lease can go on for centuries at most so having clear cut stipulations could sway you from potential issues.

4. Be clear on termination clauses.

These are important because there are always circumstances that can invalidate the original agreement. These can either be from the owner or from you as the lessee. This is probably one of the many factors that led to the leasehold scandal. Contracts for leasehold are binding and it is for a very long period of time. Never rush the process and be thorough in reviewing the terms before signing.