The use, access and management of a property are key issues that can often be overlooked by artists when negotiating a contract.

For example, if you have a job, do you need access only in the evenings?  Is there 24-hour security?  The access should be suitable for your usage; if it is not, or not negotiable, then you may be wasting money in taking on a lease in the first place.

Negotiate all of this before you sign any contract, or check it is in the lease.

 

 

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.