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Because of some problems experienced by both tenants and landlords (and probably most were due to the fact that this town's gringo occupants are relatively newcomers to the great cultural differences in life in a Mexican town), the landlord decided that the best way to avoid most of these problems was to have all conceivable problems discussed and resolved beforehand and in writing.  As a result, there is a detailed written lease (although somewhat amendable before signing) that considers and resolves all conceivable problems that might have otherwise become misunderstandings for either the landlord or the tenant.   The source of these written attempts at a fair resolution have been the past experiences of this and other landlords as well as the experiences and complaints of other tenants in this town..

So, let us start by stating that the lease obligates the Landlord to do many things that he has done in the past and intends to continue to do in the future.  The lease also obligates the Tenant to do many things that he or she will be obligated to do during his or her lease and tenancy. The lease is a legal agreement that both parties will have read and agreed to before signing and committing to it.  

Once the tenancy commences, both parties must fulfill their obligations.  One might say that all of the foregoing should not have had to be said (or written -- this page was written for the first time in early 2010).   But, because the Landlord has just (in 2010) experienced a Tenant who apparently believed for unfathomable reasons that the Landlord's obligations had to be fulfilled (and they were fulfilled) but that she (the Tenant) had vast latitude on which of her obligations she decided fulfill or not, it then became necessary to emphasize in the future that BOTH parties had obligations that the other party had every right to expect would also be fulfilled.   Let it be known that the Landlord (see the Foundation's motto at the top of this page, "underpromise and overdeliver") WILL FULFILL his obligations under the lease, but the Landlord also intends to have any Tenant fulfill his or her obligations under the lease.

The thing that is most interesting to us is that we have never had problems with any tenants that fulfilled their obligations (most all of them did just that) and only had problems with a very few tenants that did not do that (read more on the subject of problems with tenants near the bottom of  the Gossip web-page).

The lease will be made up of four pages, a two-page document with the lease terms, one page of helpful hints and instructions, and one page of inventory or furnishings for the apartment.   Each page will be signed by both parties so that both know of the other's obligations in addition to their own.   The current form of each of the (to be signed) four pages may contain some minor more current changes but for a reliable pre-look today you can see a substantially similar (albeit past) copy of  the 2-page lease, the hints & instructions, and inventory for either apt #1 or apt #2 on this web-site.

The reasons for all of the above is to protect the Tenant from a Landlord who might otherwise promise things that he or she does not end up providing.  And it also protects the Landlord's beneficiaries (who are the children and women of San Miguel) from a any Tenant who would otherwise cheat them out of the Foundation's grants.

But why take our word for this need to have everything in writing?   We copied the following, somewhat better written, statement from a publication that was talking about this very subject of "put it in writing", although in their case, they were talking about the USA constitution.

"Groups of people come together around shared ideas, but ideas can be vague and inconveniently imprecise. Better to write everything down so we're all, literally, on the same page. It's why clubs have charters and companies have mission statements. It's also why religions have sacred texts. The Bible, the Koran, the Torah don't just tell the story of their faiths, but also serve as spiritual rulebooks. These are the central pillars of our beliefs; if you want to join us, you'll adopt them too. A constitution's purposes are essentially the same."

And so we have a written lease, longer and longer as each new problem rears its head, but with many potential issues resolved so that both parties know their obligations as well as they know their rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Underpromise and Overdeliver”

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