Author: The MAK Guide

Georgia & Missouri licensed lawyer. Determined to do something I love. Passionate about: food, family, friends, faith & fashion. This blog is a little piece of my journey. Follow me on Instagram: TheMAKGuide

Socially Conscious Instagrammers

So a recent feud broke down on Instagram between two desi vloggers & Instagrammers: Maryam Shah and Irene Mahmud Khan.

I have a full time job, so I mean I couldn’t keep up with ALL of the details, but here is a summary of what I think happened:

Maryam posted a beautiful picture of herself with her husband and then discussed the trial and tribulations of being on her menstrual cycle and having a supportive husband that she can be open with, and how we all need to be more open about our body issues with the men in our lives.

When I saw the picture posted – I, myself, was on my cycle, so I sent it to my husband. We share a lot of things, and I thought it was nice for him to know this stuff happens and I’m not that only girl that goes crazy, and the whole “having to keep your period ‘hush- hush'” was definitely something I know all about since it was literally one of the 1st 20 things my mom told about “periods”.  The advice or the message was: “keep this hidden from your father and brother – you shouldn’t be telling people you’re on your period”.

I am LITERALLY obsessed with my mother- I talk to her 2 or 3 times a day, but by the time I was 14 years old, I realized her advice sucked and made me feel really insecure about something that was so natural. So I told myself (and maybe even told my best friend Summar) that when I have a daughter who starts her menstrual cycle, I was going to make it a PARTY. Something that she was super excited about. I was going to have a basket full of goodies (razor blades,  fun pads and tampons, spa appointment, bath salts, maybe even a cupcake and a fun bra), so she would know this is such an exciting time in her life!

OKAY, so going back to the STORY. Apparently, as it turns out, the details that Maryam shared in her caption were embellished for story telling purposes, which purpose translates to more views and  followers on the platform.

Then a day or two later, Maryam posted another photo with a caption stating she was “authentic”.

Then on that picture Irene commented that if she [Maryam] were really that authentic then why had she  drafted several captions regarding the “period post” and selected the caption she thought would be the most well received.

There were some other comments tangled in the thread, but as stated I have job and limited time to keep up with things in real time.

Later during the evening or the next day? On Irene’s Instagram story she summarized the feud and asked her followers a series of questions (I am summarizing my interpretations of the questions):

  1. is it an influencer’s responsibility to be socially conscious?
  2. if people are allowed to call out brands on their lack of consciousness, then why aren’t they allowed to call out individuals?

I’m not taking a side, because I do not know all the facts and also EVERYONE is entitled to an opinion and everyone is allowed to hustle, so either way, do your things ladies.  But I really want to analyze and unpack the questions above, because I’m not sure a poll on Instagram has the ability to flesh out what is really being as considered.

In addressing the first question, is it an influencer’s responsibility to be socially conscious? This is SUCH A TOUGH QUESTION. I can safely assume that both girls became influencers because they consistently post pictures, are pretty and comfortable exposing their lives. I mean I have been following Irene since I was 16 or 17, I found her Xanga and LOVED all of her pictures. I loved how she put together fun outfits and how she posted pictures (this was before Facebook had “albums” or even before I had a Facebook account). I didn’t follow her because she took stances on social issues.  She later joined YouTube and it was about her journey as a photographer, and then it became a tutorial spot, and now a more sponsored tutorial spot.

About 2 or 3 months ago I found Maryam’s Instagram page. I mean she was pretty, so I followed her. Ugh. I wish I had a better reason. Apparently, some people I know, know her, but I followed her because she takes pretty picture and, during lunch, when I am scrolling down Instagram I like thinking about my life in an alternate universe where I look super pretty all the time and drink lattes with pretty foam imagery around 11am,  work from home,  and go on strolls with my dog midday.

I do not put any sort of onus on either of them for conveying politically correct messages, because being “politically correct” is a like trying to jump on a moving pendulum: One day it’s okay to say one thing and another day that same thing is as bad as a curse word!

That being said, when you know someone is being mean, you know someone is being mean & when you know someone should have put more thought into something and willfully decided not to, it rubs you the wrong way.

I think these girls have a social responsibility to not be racist, sexist or tunnel visioned. With their followings I think they have to champion a few causes that are near and dear to them.

I think they should not be tasked with being aware, championing or even understanding  EVERY SINGLE CAUSE, because that is a huge burden and responsibility. In the real world, we wouldn’t ask any one do the same, and we always need to remember why they got to where they are – if we wanted someone to be more in touch with certain political or cultural messages, then we shouldn’t turn to  self proclaimed Makeup Gurus or Creative Consultants.

I acknowledge I did not answer the first question. My goal is to make sure you understand that putting this sort of responsibility on influencers is tough because it is such a grey area. It honestly depends on how blatant and obnoxious the message is. Someone, somewhere, is ALWAYS going to be offended, but it’s important to understand how willful and wanton, or how recklessly careless the influencer was when they said what they said.

Now to the second question, if people are allowed to call out brands on their lack of consciousness, then why aren’t they allowed to call out individuals?

So Irene stated that when H&M received a lot of backlash for their Monkey hoodie influencers and bloggers from everywhere came out to give H&M and PIECE OF THEIR MIND. I am so THANKFUL that people did this! I understand that there is a lot of hurt that some people felt when they saw the ad, I also understand that there are people that probably didn’t understand all of the hurt. I think the hurt could have been limited by making sure the ad campaigns were staffed with a team of people from diverse backgrounds. I am sure if this protocol was taken then someone, if they were in an environment where discourse wasn’t prohibited, could have felt comfortable speaking up and acknowledging that this MAY NOT BE A GOOD LOOK.

That being said, companies like H&M have hundreds and thousands of employees, so the burden to understand when the offend a sizable portion of the population is greater, than when one girl, running a one woman show, says something offensive.

Also, blaming and targeting a company is so DIFFERENT from blaming and targeting an individual. All of those people at H&M get to take a little bit of the blame. As opposed to here, where all of it just falls on one person. I think WE have an active duty to understand that people make mistakes, when you are an influencer don’t you think you ought to understand that concept. Privately messaging the girl would have been a good solution, but just calling her out seems mean. You’ve been in this persons shoes, and you can relate to having done something dumb or at least the idea of having done something dumb. A one-on-one message would have been the kinder way, because she is a human and not a company.

OKAY THIS WASN’T A QUESTION, but something smart that husband said about “Authenticity”.

People called Maryam “Inauthentic” and then Maryam called herself “Authentic”.  

Thinking this concept through, being authentic and politically correct will NEVER go hand in hand. We are human. We will always have certain biases, and just by saying you don’t have a bias you have a bias! Ha!

Because of social media, being Authentic in this day and age is tough and  we only get the rose colored glasses version of the details people share. Go through your own pictures. I mean did you use a filter? Did you Photoshop it a bit? Did you increase the exposure? You are showing people the pictures that turned out the best? We are all inauthentic to a certain degree, but I don’t think it takes away from the authenticity of highlighting who we are and who we want to be.

Thought I’d place the definition of “Authentic” from the Merriam-Webster website right here:

Definition of authentic

1a worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact 

  • paints an authentic picture of our society

b conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features 

  • anauthentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse

c made or done the same way as an original 

  • authentic Mexican fare

2not false or imitation realactual 

  • an authentic cockney accent

3true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character 

  • is sincere and authenticwith no pretensions
4a of a church mode ranging upward from the keynote — compare plagal 1
b of a cadence progressing from the dominant chord to the tonic — compare plagal 2
5obsolete authoritative

 

Did you catch the exchange of words on Instagram? What are your thoughts? I have literally spent way to long on this post, but I, for myself, wanted to understand what I want out of my “influencers”. This helps me understand when I should protest against dumb post,  when I should just continue to scroll, or when I should finally hit “unfollow”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s My Wedding & I Can Cry If I Want To.

The title does not really have much to do with my article, but for some reason the song is playing in my head, so I thought I would make a catchy title out of it.

Do most brides even cry? I did not cry, except for like the two seconds my dad came up and spoke some incoherent words, when mashed up together basically implied,  “I did not get to see my first two children grow up, because when they were babies I had an opportunity to come to America to pursue a better life for my family. So after 8 years a part, when I was finally able to bring them to this country,  I had my love child [Maheen] with my cute wife.  I knew I would get a chance to do things the right way and really be the best father I could be – and I am thankful for her for giving me that opportunity.”

OKAY YOU GUYS. I’m not a 100% SURE HE SAID, or even vaguely implied the thankful part, but I know he holds my childhood close to his heart. We went to Sea World and Chuck E. Cheese every single weekend – I mean I would have to be a dumb girl to NOT love my childhood. Did I mention he took me to Burger King and McDonald’s and would sit with me at the table, and just talk to me about my “life”.

I was between the ages of 3-7 years old. My life revolved around my cat, toys and cartoons. Thank you for listening to me Pappa!

OKAY THIS IS TURNING INTO A FATHER’S DAY POST, WHEN THAT’S NOT THE INTENT. The intent of this post is how when you are getting married so many people feel like it’s  “MY DAY” and I wanted to remind everyone, it is “your day”, but it is also your parents day, and, by proxy, your in-laws day too!

By recognizing that the day is shared, I think you can better understand why it is important for others to have a say, and why it is important to just be “chill” and “cooperative”.

Marriage for me was about me becoming a part of my husband’s family, and my husband becoming a part of my family. I have been blessed to have parents on both sides that understand this, and support this concept.

SO NOW- THE KICKER: THINGS DURING THE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS AND ON YOUR WEDDING DAY ARE NOT GOING TO GO YOUR WAY. CALM DOWN. THINK ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE. BE CHILL.

Your wedding day is ONE DAY. Although, I do believe it should be a memorable day in the best of ways, I also VEHEMENTLY believe it should not be the BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. You have another (inshAllah) 50-70 years on this earth, this is one event, that will occur on one day for approximately 4 hours, which amounts to 240 minutes. Each minute will fly by and the event will end, however the relationships formed will last a lifetime.

By remembering how fleeting your wedding day is and how permanent the relationships are,  I feel like you will tread carefully when “bickering” or getting “mad” – because at the end of the day you want to make sure that YOU are the type of person that values a relationship, more than you value any color scheme or center piece. If you are not that type of person, then you really need to evaluate “who” you are and “what” really matters – and understand that if you cannot compromise on something as simple as a center piece, then you probably should not be getting married.

So when you are planning, think about 10 -15 things on your SUPER HARD TO COMPROMISE LIST. After figuring out what those things are it’ll be easier to be “flexible” on the other items, since you’ll know that when you first started the process you didn’t really care about all the other stuff, and if your mom or mother in law really wants  a certain arrangement or wants to work with a certain planner you’ll be fine and thankful that they got that detail covered!

The most important advice that I can give anyone planning a wedding is be open about your budget and respect your budget – do not be embarrassed about it. Anyone who makes you feel weird about your budget is either (i) immature, or (ii) should not be invited to your wedding. If there is something you REALLY WANT, I promise you can make it fit it into your budget if you get creative, or cut out dumb stuff. Lastly, there are better things to get a loan for— like for starters: a home, higher education, or saving that line of credit just in case you really need it in the future. Using it on your wedding is not a good look (and really low brow).

I would love to answer any all questions you may have – feel free to ask below! Also, I will be sharing this post on THE SHAADI SHOP’S BLOG. If you haven’t already, please  follow The Shaadi Shop  on Instagram at – https://www.instagram.com/theshaadishop/  !

 

 

 

 

 

Death: All That Comes, Must Go.

I feel like I write a lot about religion, because religion is so near and dear to me. I pray my future kids, husband, friends, coworkers and acquaintances can feel as close to a feeling as I feel. It makes the inside of me tremble just writing it, and honestly can get my tears ducts spouting if I think about that feeling for a  few seconds more.

I love feeling connected to higher calling. That being said, lately, I have been thinking about something that we all will go through: DEATH.

Death scares me, because as close as I feel to religion and understanding it, I feel just as far from understanding “death”.   As a believer, I know where all my eggs should be when I think about death; Islam provides me with guidance. But for some reason, it sits a funny way with my soul. I cannot get my self to feel comfortable with it. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to get comfortable with it, I think it is just something I have to accept.

I have to be thankful that I fear it, and that it constantly reminds me to make the most of all of my relationships in this world. Death reminds me to spend a few extra minutes each day talking to my mom and checking in with my dad, it reminds me to hug my husband extra tight and to make sure I look into his eyes, it reminds me that I should enjoy cheesecake, and also reminds me that if I want to enjoy a few extra precious moments with my loved ones I should probably put down my favorite diet drinks (which apparently aren’t that good for you – boo).

After writing all of this, I understand why we need death. It helps you appreciate “now”, because there may not be a “later”.

Also, I wanted to thank each and everyone of my readers! I don’t have too many, but I have enough to be thankful for your love and support. Writing has always been away for me to feel connected and has always allowed me to explore the deeper meaning in any event going on in my life. I hope I can inspire you to write, and to contemplate things that are uncomfortable.

Love and light.

Happy New Year!

I have never really been into the new year. I never saw it as an opportunity to “change” I honestly just saw it as another day, but this year feels different. So very, very different.

Maybe because I am married? Maybe because I am realizing “THIS IS MY LIFE”, if I want to see changes in it, then I must change. I also want to make sure that if my time on this world goes by a little faster than expected (i.e. I die), that I was trying to better myself, and was proud of where I was going and how I was transforming.

I actually feel this strong obligation to make sure I am improving myself as a person. So I want to have seven themed goals, and every day of the week (Inshallah), I want to act on one of the themes. So what are my themes for each day:

On Mondays I want to act Intentionally.

On Tuesdays I want to make sure I have done just one act of Kindness.

On Wednesdays I want to make sure I am being kind to my Body.

On Thursdays I want to Connect with a friend.

On Fridays I want to make sure I make my husband feel Special.

On Saturdays I want to get Organized.

On Sundays I want to do an act of  Rest and Recharge spiritually.

In an ideal world I am able to act on all of my goals EVERY SINGLE DAY, but like all things in life, you have to start off slowly. So for me, making sure that I follow through with JUST one themed goal on any of the given day, is easy and from there, hopefully, incorporating the other goals will be effortless. I recently heard a beauty guru say something that I absolutely loved – she said, she just wants to compare herself to who she was yesterday and make sure she is improving herself to her yesterday self. #YasminKavari

I can do that – that is easy.

My theme for the year is my Monday theme – which is to “act intentionally“.

My professional goal this year is to be “detail oriented“.

Over the new few weeks, I’ll share about what each of the above mentioned themes mean to me, however in the meanwhile, I would LOVE to hear what your themes are for the new year!

Lots of love, light and happiness.

 

Faith

SuperSoul Sunday’s remind me that faith is designed to help you deal with the most troubling situations in the most dignified manner. You should never use faith as your cave, i.e. sitting at home and praying all day, because then your faith has not served you.

Instead your faith should help you lead a confident life, knowing that you may encounter a challenge when you leave your home, but your faith will help you overcome your challenge, and help you grow in the face of any challenge.

As you may know, but I am a believer. I believe in one God, and that the final messenger is Muhammad, peace be upon him. My husband and I have a lot of conversations about faith. We do not always agree. This is tough, because I am one of those girls that belives that sharing my faith is apart of sharing my love. If you refuse to accept my faith, then you have refused my love. He obviously does not refuse to accept my faith because we are both muslim, but we differ in how we view the faith.

He views it from a more dim place, where for me it is bright place. He also views me as cherry picking my favorite aspects and ignoring the parts I dislike [he isn’t entirely wrong], and I view him as fixating on the uncool things, and not understanding the bigger picture [I am also not entirely wrong].

When he sees a hijabi with make up on he sees an oxymoron. LOL, whereas I see a girl trying her best to mix her love of beauty with her love for religion. I want to encourage her and support her, whereas he wants to call her out on the walking contradiction that she is: “if you don’t want to grab the attention of men – why do you have so much make up on?”

I am no angel – I really am not.  I  get worked up over the SMALLEST things, my heart is INCREDIBLY unforgiving at times, and, I have owned a series of trashy Forever21 dresses, which should have been labeled as “tunics”, not dresses. I still love to dance, I love getting ready and baby – I will drink up the attention from a crowd like  I had never had water before and just ran a marathon.

That being said, my view on religion and life is that it’s supposed to guide you when you’re lost, help you soften your heart when it’s filled with hate, and also help you appreciate everything you have, because if you fail to appreciate the things you have – everything can be taken away. I do not believe that God intended us to be perfect, because if God did then God would have never created “mistakes”. I believe that mistakes will be made & are expected to be made, but you just have to do more good, and learn from the mistakes, and everything will be fine, as long as you add more value to this world, you’ll get your promotion when you leave this life.

I do a bad job regularly praying, and this past year because of studying for the Missouri Bar, I only fasted once. I love all of the rituals and practices of my faith, even though I am not regularly practicing them, but, although, scholars may disagree, I feel like  God and I – we are still good, because my heart and my intent, and the way I live in my life is done out of love for my faith and my creator.

I wish more messages and conversations about faith  occurred more regularly. I feel like more good can come of it, as long as we are open to accepting other peoples view, and not intimated by discovering who is right and who is wrong, or intimidating others by our notions of what is right and what is wrong. Although my interpretation, to me, is superior, and his inferior, I need to learn to hear him out, and understand that we don’t have to see eye to eye, as long as he is guided by principals I respect, I should not get upset or mad if he interprets situations differently than me. I just need to live my truth, and he needs to live his truth, and we both cannot let each others truth try to control the others truth.   A lot of truths in there – sorry about that. Through a healthy push and pull, we will end up learning more about our faith, and the principals we want to accept and live by.

I am really not sure why I wrote in the first place – but I love writing, and drawing light to issues and dilemmas that are personal to me. I try to live an honest life, and I yearn for people to learn from my mistakes, so that they do not have to relive a lesson I have already learned, because my motto is: ” if I can learn it, you definitely can too!”

Peace and so much love,

Maheen

 

 

 

Quick Leasing Advice, Sophisticated Deal Terms: EXCLUSIVE USE PROVISION

My name is Maheen Akhter. I love what I do, and I would love to bill you for it, but prior to doing ANY of that, I just want to equip you with knowledge, so you can ask for the right things, know what is going on, understand the traps, and JUST DELETE THE NONSENSE. 

Have you ever wondered why when there is a new Starbucks in  a plaza, no other coffee shops seem to be near? or how if a Starbucks does come near an old coffee shop in a plaza, no new coffee shops ever enter that plaza after a Starbucks appears? Well it’s because there is an exclusive use provision has been added to the lease. Such provisions generally reads like this:

Exclusive Use. To induce Tenant to execute this Lease, and subject to all of the terms and provisions of this Section, Landlord covenants and agrees that neither Landlord nor any affiliate of Landlord shall lease or rent any premises in the buildings known as West Ferry Plaza, generally located at [provide address] to any new tenant (including, without limitation, any assignee, sublessee, licensee or other occupant of such new tenant) that operates a Competing Business (as hereinafter defined) without Tenant’s prior written consent, which consent may be withheld in Tenant’s  sole and absolute discretion. “

In an ideal world you can define “COMPETING BUSINESS” to mean any business that is primarily in the business of selling coffee, so you are not excluding grocery stores, or other stores that are not directly competing with you & actually funnel customers your way.  In order to effectively make sure you are excluding the right type of businesses, you  may consider saying something like, “obtains 50% of its revenue from coffee sales.”  You also may use these sorts of modifications to strike a deal with your potential landlord as well.

 What if you have an exclusive use clause in your lease, but it’s vague? The general rule in some states  requires that language of exclusiveuse clauses should be narrowly construed, and all doubts should be resolved against a possible construction that would increase the restriction upon the use of real estate.

  What if the Landlord breaches the “Exclusive Use” provision? 

  1. Option to terminate the lease, and receive damages  (maybe you and the Landlord prenegotiate what  these damages look like?)
  2. Option to terminate and receive a refund all monies spent on Tenant Improvements, along with the cost to relocate, and any fees paid by the tenant to a broker to find a new space.

I will tell you this-if your ONLY REMEDY is to terminate the lease, courts usually feel like that is not a true remedy. Terminating the lease and giving up your business location and the investments made in improvements would not provide any benefit or remedy to you. You could  argue that the remedies clause is unenforceable because it fails its essential purpose. A similar argument was made in Simon Prop. Grp., L.P. v. Kill, 2010-Ohio-1492, 47, and the court sided with the Tenant.

I  am trying really hard not to ramble, so that you’re some what interested in using this clause in the next lease you enter into. I know, I use “coffee shop” as my example, but this is an excellent provision to have in ALL leases, including medical spaces, book stores (ha- is that even a thing?), sandwich shops, spas, grocery stores, dry cleaning, nail salon, veterinarian clinics, etc.

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Leasing Advice

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE new businesses coming into town. Who doesn’t love a new Thai restaurant opening up around the corner, a taco stand or a full fat ice cream place? But, unfortunately according to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.

You’ll never know unless you try, but if you try you may end up putting yourself in financial risk that will take a minute to get out of, and it may affect your family’s livelihood in profound ways  (like you may have to declare bankruptcy – I’ve unfortunately seen this consequence first hand through a family friend who had a having a thriving business that grew faster than the demand).

You should not let failure stop you, but you have to be mindful of it and protect yourself from its consequences. As an attorney who represents developers, I see entrepreneurship first hand, and I also know that many first time business owners leasing spaces DO NOT USE ATTORNEYS.

I totally understand. Not going to judge you. Although, I would LOVE having my own client base, I LOVE seeing fairness in a deal. I also hate one-sided deals, it makes me feel uncomfortable and it doesn’t settle well with my conscience.

I know when you are entering into a deal everyone is nice, but just remember, when a deal  goes south, people are not so kind. So, below is a list of quick things you can do to protect yourself from getting screwed if you decide NOT to use an attorney:

  1. INITIAL TERM AND OPTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL TERMS. Keep your initial term somewhat short, like 5 years, then have options to extend that can ONLY be exercised by  YOU (the tenant) prior to the  initial 5 year term expiring (i.e. three 5 year options to extend). This is important, because often when a term expires a landlord tries to  use this as leverage to increase rates that DO NOT REFLECT market rates, because they know you are invested in the location, you have have spent money improving the space, and you are most likely just going to have to agree to it.  (PUT THIS POINT IN YOUR LETTER OF INTENT)
  2. LIMIT THE PERSONAL GUARANTY. So you’re smart enough to make sure you’re leasing the space with an LLC, but then you are dumb enough to sign YOUR OWN NAME for the “guaranty” for the full lease term. Limit that SH*T.  Seriously. Get creative.  Maybe you have a personal guaranty that lasts for half of the term  or limited to 6 months rent, or after 3 years the guaranty disappears. JUST GET CREATIVE – Google the creativity my friends.
  3. COMMON AREA MAINTENANCE CHARGES. Who is paying for what? YOU SHOULD NEVER BE PAYING FOR LANDLORD’S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, or paying for things that the landlord will be reimbursed for at a later date. It makes sense to pay for your portion of property taxes, electricity, heating, etc., but it doesn’t make sense for you to be paying for repairs to your roof, or a brand new HVAC system six months before your term ends.
  4. DEFAULT. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CURE RIGHT. If you’re late on a payment, or accidentally use the sidewalk to set up a table with some sample items, you do not want to trigger an automatic default. What  you do want it to trigger, is the right of the Landlord to notify you of such issue, and the ability to cure a monetary default within 10 days of receiving notice and all non monetary defaults cured within  30 days of receiving notice.  An automatic default means the Landlord can terminate your lease, and you could, in some instances, be liable for the total rent due for the remaining term.
  5. LANDLORD DEFAULT. What happens if you contact your Landlord about your broken HVAC system – and he does NOTHING? Well in this instance you want the ability to cure the problem if landlord fails to address the problem within 15 days, and you want the right to deduct such cost from you rent with proof of payment.  Go over this concept with your landlord, I’m sure their attorney will be happy to assist incorporating such concept in your lease.
  6. NOTICES. THIS SEEMS LIKE A DUMB POINT, but man, the way notices need to be sent is an important thing. Is sending it by regular mail OKAY? or do you need to send it priority overnight via national known carrier, like FEDEX or UPS? You would hate to be that person who  emailed your landlord your election of extending the term, but your landlord using the notice provision against you, in order to “negate” your extension, since you failed to follow the notice provision in your lease (THIS HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE PEOPLE).
  7. INSURANCE AMOUNTS. Most landlord’s are flexible with these amounts – talk to your carrier and discuss the minimum amounts that need to be carried with the landlord.
  8. CONFIRM ALL NUMBERS. Run all $$$ yourself. Just do it. Anyone can make a mistake.

I obviously have a whole list of other changes I could recommend, but these are the KEY POINTS to focus on when you’re entering into a lease and beginning (hopefully) a long term relationship with your landlord.

GOOD LUCK,

Maheen Akhter, ESQ.

GA & MO barred.

The above is not intended to be legal advice – but merely things for you to consider and share with those around you entering into a lease.