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Common // co-living & shared housing
New York City    Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019
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About Common
Common is the nations leading residential brand offering convenience & community through coliving & traditional apartments. Our signature approach to end-to-end property management & technology offerings allows us to deliver unparalleled experiences across 27 buildings, 6 cities, & over 800 members. Common is the preferred choice for both residents looking for a stress-free & all-inclusive living environment, & for real estate owners seeking reliable, above-market returns. Launched in October 2015, we now operate homes in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, & Washington, D.C. & receive over 3,000 new member applications per week.

Its an exciting time to be part of Commons team. We challenge ourselves every day not just to think about ways to make city living better, but to activate on those ideas in meaningful ways. Our team is comprised of real estate professionals, designers, engineers, salespeople, marketers, client service representatives, & so much more. We work collaboratively, value self-startership, & embrace a whatever it takes mentality to ensure our work is done & done well.

Common was founded by General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves & has raised over $65MM in venture funding.

About the Role

Were looking for a motivated lawyer able to work independently on complex issues at the intersection of real estate & technology. The role will report to our Senior Director of Legal (the companys top lawyer) & work closely with our Senior Counsel. The ideal candidate has experience (or a demonstrable interest) in real estate transactions, landlord tenant law, & proptech. The role will be mostly legal but our lawyers need to have a deep understanding of the business so they can design business processes, manage risk, & assist with the development of new products.


  • Structure, draft, review, & negotiate agreements to lease or manage real property assets;
  • Provide business-focused legal advice across the organization to all teams on real estate transactional matters, landlord-tenant matters, intellectual property, joint ventures, vendor agreements, & corporate transactions;
  • Monitor & provide guidance on data privacy & other applicable laws & regulations;
  • Support the continuous improvement of our form agreements & legal processes;
  • & other ad hoc projects from time to time.


  • JD & member of the New York or California bar;
  • 2+ years experience (a) at a top-tier law firm; and/or (b) at a firm specializing in real estate or a real estate related field; & or (c) in-house at a company in the real estate space;
  • Emotional Intelligence;
  • Scrappy & resourceful problem solver;
  • A team player with a can do attitude;
  • Attention to detail & the ability to manage a high-volume workload efficiently & smoothly;
  • Excellent organizational skills & the ability to manage several simultaneous projects under deadline pressure.

What We Offer

Common truly values our employees & wants to do everything to ensure that our employees are not only happy & professionally fulfilled, but also that they have the opportunity to be healthy. Because of this, we are committed to providing a number of affordable & valuable health & wellness benefits for our employees such as paid vacation & sick time, medical, dental & vision insurance, Company paid life insurance, Company paid STD/LTD Insurance, FSA + HSA options, commuter transit benefits, generous paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks!) & a 401K. Additional benefits such as Company equity, paid holidays, weekly team lunches + weekly happy hours, a fully stocked kitchen, flexible working hours, job training + development opportunities + a great wellness program are also available. And as always, we are regularly evaluating our offerings to ensure employees needs are being met.

We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates & qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other basis protected under applicable federal or state law.

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