Ensure Time to ‘Cure’ Lease Violations

Think twice before signing a lease that deprives you of a period of time to cure—that is, fix—an alleged lease violation. Otherwise, you could easily end up in default and subject to the owner's harsh default remedies, such as the right to evict you from your space.

Most standard lease forms contain cure periods, but the recent trend among owners is to remove them. And many tenants don't recognize the impact of the lack of cure periods until it's too late; without cure periods, you could be left in the precarious position of being unable to prevent eviction while you're in court disputing the owner's default claim against you. Don't rely on the court to come to your rescue. Instead, insist on being given a realistic cure period.