Kalogredis calls that basic fact that a document generally viewed by many as a casual and non_binding document, could atimes still become binding under certain unpredictable circumstances, "one of the traps in a letter of intent," and adds: "My advice [to parties contemplating having an LOI] is to proceed with caution before signing any such document. As a general rule (and there are exceptions), I urge the parties to go right to the final documents and "dot all of the I's and cross all of the T's," rather than go through this interim step of a letter of intent, which has many potential traps."
One of the most important things you can build into these documents is a clause that allows you to perform proper "due diligence" on the property. Basically you want to make sure that you have time to review all of the necessary financial information, management documents, and fully inspect the property itself BEFORE you finalize the purchase of the property. If things are not what they appear to be on the surface, it is better to find out now _ before you own the property than 6 months down the road.