So we have this tenant. The tenant has space in a shopping plaza. The tenant is taking over a different space in the plaza, and giving up the old one. Fine.
Their old lease is from 2007. The boss wanted a new lease, rather than amend the old one. Fine.
I took our blank precedent lease, and amended that. The other option was to use the old lease itself and amend, but -- it's seven years old, there's a shitload of minor changes since to the basic lease precedent since then, and you're never going to track all of those. I finished the lease, and sent it out.
The tenant called, asked if I used the old lease as precedent. No I didn't. I built a new lease, pulled stuff from the old lease and put it in.
The tenant now emailed to say that they would like me to create a new lease based on the old precedent.
Well, no. I've drafted a lease. I'm not going to draft a second one that says the same thing. How about you fucking read what I sent you?
I'm going to send a blackline instead, which is going to be a huge fucking mess because they're not the same document, and is just going to invite all sorts of stupid questions, all about those hundreds of minor changes we've made to the basic lease form over the last seven years.
Blacklines, man. I write the leases, and I have to fucking read them for you too. I have simply never understood how you can do your due diligence without actually reading the entire document. You don't want to read sixty pages of legalese? Tough shit. That's your job. My job is to write them, and I did my job already.
Whatever. 'I know you've sent us a draft, but we want you to come up with a second one that's more convenient to our review process.' Fuck off. Read the fucking thing.