Connecticut Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Connecticut Standard Lease Agreement Template is a safety measure anyone entering a leasing situation should employ. This is a written agreement which will document the specifics that a landlord and tenant agree to when the former has decided to rent a property to the latter. A written and signed agreement will be considered a legal contract in a Connecticut courthouse provided the contents adhere to the law. In addition, such an agreement solidifies each participant’s role in the eyes of the State of Connecticut. That is, a landlord must fulfill the responsibilities of a landlord such as abiding by the federal Housing Habitability Act and a tenant must adhere to the law (i.e. maintaining a hygienic residence).

The basic terms and conditions specific to a landlord/tenant agreement and the legal definitions of each of these roles will promote the potential for a healthy leasing relationship. This is important since, once such a contract is signed, it is nearly impossible for either party to legally nullify it. That is, for the entire lifetime the agreement names itself to be in effect for, both landlord and tenant will be obligated to fulfill their obligations as defined by the lease and the law.

LawsChapter 830 (Rights and Responsibilities of Landlord and Tenant)

Handbook/GuideRights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1The first paragraph of the lease agreement will require a definition of the parties involved. Enter the full name of the Landlord, the full address of the landlord, the full name of the tenant, the current address of the tenant, and the telephone number of the tenant (in that order).

Step 2The second paragraph should have the address and the city of the property being leased.

Step 3In the “Term” section enter the start date of the lease and the end date.

Step 4The “Rent” section will require several numbers. The first to be entered will be the total amount of money the landlord should receive by the end of the lease (i.e. if it is a one year lease, multiply the monthly rent by 12 and enter it). Then enter the monthly payment amount. Then enter the first month the rent must be paid and the last month/year it shall be due. Finally, enter the address the rent must be delivered to and the name the rent check should be made payable to.

Step 5The “Utilities” section will require the utilities, services, and amenities a tenant pay must be listed clearly in the space provided. If there is not enough room, write these on a separate paper and attach the document (sign and date it).

Step 6Item 14 will require the security deposit amount be entered on the first line. Since this must be placed in an interest-bearing account, the name of the bank it is being held in must be entered in the second space.

Step 7The “Notices” section will define where notices must be sent. Enter the address where a landlord may receive official notices from the tenant.

Step 8The full name and phone number of the property manager must be entered in Item 18. The name and phone number who is authorized to receive notices on behalf of the manager must be entered on the last line of this paragraph.

Step 9The bottom of this document must be signed. First, the landlord must sign his or her name then date the signature. Then there will be enough spaces for two tenants to sign their names and date their signature.