Florida Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Florida Standard Residential Agreement Template is a specialized contract geared specifically to aid two parties (landlord and tenant) in setting the conditions of a fixed term lease in writing. This type of lease will require that both parties fulfill the conditions place upon them within it for the full length of time that has been named on this contract. It will be considered a binding agreement which may be enforceable in a court of law by either party should the other fail to uphold their responsibilities as defined by this document.

The nature of this agreement will require that all negotiable items and conditions be agreed upon before the signing of the actual document. In addition, all required disclosures must be made within the time frame the law requires. It would be wise of all parties involved to carefully review the lease and if possible, even have an attorney review it. Once signed, it will be in effect for its full term with very few exceptions (i.e. military service requiring deployment).

LawsTitle VI, Chapter 83, Part II (Residential Tenancies)

HandbookLandlord & Tenant Handbook (PDF)

Maximum Term (§ 689.01) – A residential lease in the State of Florida may only be one (1) year unless the lease is signed with two (2) witnesses present.

How to Write

Step 1 – Enter the day, month, and year of the agreement in the paragraph at the top of the page. The full name, of the landlord, premises address, and the full name of the tenant must also be entered.

Step 2 – Next, beside the word “Whereas,” enter the county where the county is located then the street address in the appropriate areas.

Step 3 –  Beside the word “Term,” enter the day the lease shall go into effect. Then enter the date the lease shall naturally expire.

Step 4 – The “Rent” section will need a definition for the rent and how it will be paid amongst other things. First enter the amount of rent due per month, then write it out numerically in the parenthesis. In the next paragraph, you must define how the rent will be paid. Place a check mark next to the appropriate method. If it is not named, place a checkmark next to the word “Other” and write the method down in the space provided. Following this, enter the name and address of who must receive the rent for the property.

Step 5 – The “Security Deposit” section will require the security deposit the landlord will require, as insurance for damages, must be entered in the first paragraph. The next paragraph will require the name of the bank where the security deposit will be held.

Step 6 – In use of Premises” enter the names of the immediate family member that will be occupying the rental with the tenant.

Step 7 – At times, both parties may wish to continue the lease past its expiration date. When this happens the rent amount must be defined. Do this in the space provided in the space titled “Tenant’s Hold Over.”

Step 8 – Whether a tenant has a pet or not, how many pets they may keep on the premises and the pet deposit amount should be reported in the “Animals” section on the appropriate blank lines.

Step 9 – In the “Late Charge” section, enter the penalty amount a tenant will be responsible for paying if they have not submitted a rent payment within three days of its due date.

Step 10 – The next section requiring attention will be the “Notice” section. Here both landlord and tenant should provide an official address (as well as their full name) for where they may receive an official notice from the other.

Step 11 – If there are any points or conditions which must be stated or are part of the rental agreement, they should be entered under “Additional Provisions: Disclosures.” If there is not enough room, then write it out on a separate document and attach. Make sure to have both parties initial any such attachment.

Step 12 – The last step of this contract will be to have all parties sign the document and print their names. There will be enough room for two landlords and four tenants to do so.