If a rental contract lease is signed by the landlord and the renters but not an attorney, is it still a legal contract?

Asked on June 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract between landlord and tenant.  It does not need to be signed by an attorney.  The lease should be signed by the parties to the lease, who are the landlord and tenant.  Landlord's agent can sign on behalf of landlord. 

A contract is signed by the parties to the contract.  It is not necessary for an attorney to sign a contract unless the attorney is a party to the contract.


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