Can an agent strike part of the contract for his client?

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12/05/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff

My client is selling a commercial building, and today he received an offer submitted on the Commercial Contact-Improved Property (TAR 1801). He wants to accept the offer, but he asked me to strike out the paragraph that requires him to deliver lease information to the buyer because the only tenant occupying the property is on a month-to-month basis. Can I cross out part of the existing contract language?

Yes, but only as specifically directed by your client. Your client should put his instructions to you in writing and specifically state what changes he would like to be made. You should advise your client to contact an attorney for legal advice about the effect of striking out contract language. 

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Mark McNitt on 12/05/2014

Most situations that need to be changed, added to, adjusted, striked, etc in a contract can be done with additional paperwork and addendum’s provided by TAR.  I’m speaking on the residential side but I assume the commercial side has many of the same forms.  Also the special provisions (paragraph 11 in the 1-4 EM contract) is very small to encourage us and our client not to play “attorney” and not add wording.  If something must be removed, only at the direction of the client and must be initialed by all parties to go in effect.

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