Alabama Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Alabama standard residential lease agreement is offered by the Association of Realtors with two (2) types available for download, the long version (Form 401) and the short version (Form 402). Each form offers the same basic needs for each landlord and tenant although the long version adds more sections for terms and conditions to be added based on the residential property.

It is recommended that the landlord check the tenant’s credit and background information by use of the Rental Application. To ensure that the tenant has a vested interest in the property they should be charged a small fee for performing the lookup.

Laws – Title 35, Chapter 9A (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

HandbookThe Alabama Tenants’ Handbook (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1 – This guide is for how to fill-in the Long Version. Download the Short Version if the contract between the landlord and tenant is simple.

Step 2 – Begin on the second (2nd) page of the document by entering the county and address of where the property is located.

Step 3 – In a section by section format list the following into the document:

  • Section 2 – Write the county where the residence is located.
  • Section 3 – Enter the first (1st)
  • Section 6 – List the rental amount on a per month basis. Also, list the late fee (if any) for the tenant paying after the due date.
  • Section 7 – List the names of all occupants of the property and the maximum amount of people allowed to stay on the premises at one time.
  • Section 8 – Write the NSF fee for any dishonored check.
  • Section 10 – Sublease clause.
  • Section 11 – List any utilities the landlord will cover.
  • Section 14 – Check the boxes for the applicable appliances supplied by the landlord.
  • Section 17 – If the tenant is in the military enter the station they are at and where they take orders from.
  • Section 21 – Enter the security deposit amount knowing that it cannot be over the amount of one (1) month’s rent.
  • Section 27 – If the tenant has pets and the landlord allows them to enter the non-refundable pet fee along with a refundable fee for allowing it on on the property.
  • Section 35 – The landlord, or their representative, should include their mailing address, phone number, and any other ways for contact in case the tenant has any issues.
  • Section 41 – If there are any additional terms that need to be stated that are not located in the agreement the landlord or tenant should write them in this box.
  • Signature Area – The landlord and tenant should sign the contract with at least one (1) third-party witness.

Step 4 – A copy of the document is required to be distributed to each member participating in the form and access to the property should be given from the landlord to the tenant on the day of lease commencement.