I would suggest having a broker represent YOU on the transaction. Your agent can make sure the property is not in default, make sure the paperwork is prepared properly to protect you, document the condition and contents of the property to make sure that you get your deposit back at the end of the lease, etc. There are a lot of potential issues that come up in a lease arrangement and you don't want any surprises. Having an agent you trust will help make the process an enjoyable one. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (310) 403-4623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Good Luck!