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Lease Extension Agreement – Residential & Commercial

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The lease extension agreement, or ‘lease renewal‘, allows a lease agreement to extend past its end date. The remaining terms and conditions of the lease will stay the same unless written. Depending on economic conditions, the monthly rent amount is either increased or decreased.

How to Extend a Lease

This addendum may be used to extend an expiring lease in order to keep a tenant that is renting commercial or residential property.

Step 1 – Gather the Original Lease

Find the original lease and look it over to see when it ends. The most common change in a lease extension is the rent amount that is paid per month. Depending on economic conditions it can be argued by either party to have it lowered or increased.

Step 2 – Approach the Other Party

Contact the other party and ask if they have any intentions of extending the lease under the current or new terms. This can be done by phone or email. Some property managers will send a letter in the mail asking the tenant if they would like to stay on the property for a longer period of time with contact information if they wish to do so.

Step 3 – Send the Extension Addendum

The landlord or property manager will send the addendum to the tenant. The addendum is added to the lease that is currently in effect with any changes such as the extension period and the new rent amount. Unless there are other changes listed in the addendum, the remaining portion of the lease will remain intact.

Step 4 – Sign the Addendum

The landlord and tenant can agree to meet at a designated place to sign or send the document via electronic signature. Depending on the preference of the parties any of the options should suffice.

(Video) What is a Lease Extension Addendum?

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx), Open Document Text (.odt).

Step 2 – At the top of the page, enter the following information regarding the landlord, tenant, and property in question:

  • Date
  • Landlord’s name
  • Tenant’s name
  • Property address
  • Lease start/end date

Step 3 – Next, the length of the agreed upon lease extension must be provided. The amount of rent must be entered as well (depending on whether or not the rent will change or remain the same).

Step 4 – Landlord and tenant must include the date and their signature at the bottom of the page.


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