Massachusetts Month to Month Rental Agreement Form

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The Massachusetts Month-to-Month Rental Agreement Form is a conveniently reusable contract template ideal for documenting certain types of rental arrangements. This particular type of agreement, the Month-to-Month, provides flexibility for both Landlord and Tenant in that it is not a fixed term lease but has the same power of effect on all parties in relation to a property and each other until one has decided to terminate the contract. According to Massachusetts General Law Part II – Real and Personal Property and Domestic Relations, such a termination will require thirty days’ notice issued. This is an effort to prevent unnecessary hardship for the recipient of such a notice. After all, depending upon the role of the recipient in this contract he or she may have to either find another home or another tenant and this can be quite challenging in today’s market.

Despite the obvious freedom a tenancy at will provides, it will still fall under Massachusetts State Laws, the role of Landlord and Tenant will need to be lived up to, and the property must be habitable (to be in compliance with both State and Federal laws). This contract will require the signature of all parties entering it in order to be binding.

Minimum Termination Period – 30 Days

Laws – Chapter 186, Section 12

How to Write

Step 1 – The first paragraph shall seek to define the parties and the date of the agreement. This may be done by entering this information on the three blank lines available. Enter the full name of the Landlord, the full name of the Tenant and the Date of the lease.

Step 2 – The second paragraph will report on the property itself. Enter the street address of the property on the first blank line then enter the city where the property is located on the second blank line.

Step 3 – The paragraph labeled “Lease Term” will define the date of effect for this lease along with some necessary instructions for terminating the lease. On the blank space provided, enter the start date of the lease.

Step 4 – The “Lease Payments” paragraph will solidify the monthly rent amount and provide payment instructions. On the first blank line write out the dollar amount of the Tenant’s monthly rent amount. On the second blank line, in the parenthesis, enter the numerical dollar amount of the monthly rent. Finally, on the third blank line, enter the address where the rent payment will be received.

Step 5 – The “Late Charges” paragraph will establish the results of a late or nonpayment of the rent. On the first blank line, enter the last calendar day of the month where a rent payment will be considered on time. On the second blank line, enter the dollar amount penalty the Tenant will be charged every day the rent is not paid. On the last blank line in this paragraph, enter the calendar day of the month where non-payment will result in the Tenant being held in violation of the lease.

Step 6 – The paragraph “Insufficient Funds” will concern itself with bounced checks submitted as a rent payment. In the blank space available, enter the penalty amount the Tenant must pay for every check submitted as rent payment that is denied for insufficient funds.

Step 7 – The “Security Deposit” section will define the rules of the security the landlord will hold for the duration of the lease. On the blank space available, enter the dollar amount for the security required by the landlord.

Step 8 – The “Defaults” paragraph shall deal with the unfortunate event of a Tenant going into default. It will discuss the criteria and the results. On the blank space available, enter the number of days after receiving a Landlord Notice the Tenant will have to cure a lease violation.

Step 9 – The “Occupants” paragraph will require the maximum number of individuals allowed to reside on the premises.

Step 10 – The “Assignment and Sublease” paragraph defines whether a Tenant is able to sublet the premises during the lease’s lifetime. If so, place a check mark in the first box. If not, place the check mark in the second box.

Step 11 – The “Pets” section will report the intention to require a security deposit specifically for any pets the Tenant wishes to keep. Enter the dollar value of this security amount on the blank space available.

Step 12 – The next paragraph that shall require attention is titled “Abandonment.” This paragraph shall define abandonment and what actions the landlord may do but will require some specifics entered. Each blank line will require the number of days after a Tenant’s disappearance depending on the circumstance. On the first blank line, define how many days after the tenant has paid rent then disappeared that a Landlord may enter the property to investigate. Then on the second blank line, enter the number of days past the due date where the Tenant has disappeared without paying rent the Landlord may enter the premises to investigate.

Step 13 – Locate the paragraph titled “Display of Signs.” This paragraph shall define when a Landlord may advertise. On the blank space provided enter the number of days before the Lease terminates where a landlord may advertise and show the property.

Step 14 – The next paragraph “Noise,” shall define conditions regarding the Tenant’s sound level. On the blank spaces proved enter first, the earliest time of morning when a Tenant may move furniture in or out of the property. On the second blank line, enter the latest time of day this action may be done.

Step 15 – The paragraph labeled “Parking,” shall divulge information regarding parking status. If the tenant is allowed a parking space, place a check mark in the first box, define the parking space on the second blank line, and enter how many vehicles may be parked in that area on the third blank line. Place a check mark in the second blank line if the Tenant will not be granted a parking spt.

Step 16 – In the “Balconies” paragraph, rules for any balconies on the premises will be set. Check the first box if the Tenant is allowed to participate in the action described or the second box if the Tenant is not allowed to engage in these activities.

Step 17 – The “Additional Terms and Conditions” section will give an opportunity to include any provisions not previously mentioned. Any term or condition to be included in this lease must be included in this contract by the time of signing. Use the blank lines to enter any such arrangements agreed to by both Landlord and Tenant.

Step 18 – The bottom of this section will provide the binding effect to the roles assigned. This will require the Landlord(s) and Tenant(s) entering this lease to provide his or her signature and printed name.