Maryland Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Maryland Standard Lease Agreement Template enables landlords and tenants wishing to enter a rental arrangement the ability to easily document the individual points of their agreement. This is a powerful tool in terms of security. The lease will assign very clear cut roles to each individual. In turn, each role assigned (that of Lessor and Lessee in particular) shall be accompanied by federal and state requirements placed upon them along with the specifics that have been noted in the lease itself. Obviously, both parties must be in agreement regarding the characteristics unique to their situation before signing their names to such a powerful document.

This particular lease will cover the basics and the majority of agreements across twenty-three sections. While many of these sections will contain some vital information regarding the agreement, some will require attention in that items such as rent or the number of occupants allowed to live with the tenant will need to be defined.

LawsTitle 8, Subtitle II (Residential Leases)

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How to Write

Step 1 – Enter the date of the agreement, the landlord’s full name, and the tenant’s full name on the three blank lines of the first paragraph. This will define the parties involved and the date of the lease.

Step 2 – Enter the street address and the city of the leased property in the first two blank spaces of the “Offer to Rent” paragraph. This will define the location of the leased property.

Step 3 – Enter the length of time the lease shall be in effect for, the start date of the lease, and the end date of the lease in the blank spaces on the last two lines of the “Offer to Rent” paragraph. This will define when the lease shall be in effect and for how long.

Step 4 – Enter the total rent the tenant would have paid the landlord by the conclusion of the lease, the monthly rent amount the tenant must pay the landlord, and the payment instructions of how, where and to who the rent shall be paid in the “Rent” paragraph (in that order)

Step 5 – If the tenant has moved in mid-month, then enter the proration start date and the due date of the rent for this period.

Step 6 – Enter security deposit amount the tenant shall give the landlord to hold during the lifetime of the lease on the blank line in the “Deposit” paragraph.

Step 7 – Enter the utilities and services the landlord shall pay for during the lifetime of the lease in the “Utilities” section.

Step 8 – Indicate if the landlord or the tenant will be responsible for lawn care in the “Lawn Care” section. If the landlord is to maintain the grounds check the first box. If the tenant will be responsible for maintaining the grounds, check the second box.

Step 9 – Enter the maximum number of people who may live on the leased property in the “Occupants” paragraph.

Step 10 – Report the contact address for each party to receive official notifications regarding the leased property in the section labeled “Notices.” Enter the address for the landlord on the first line then enter this address for the tenant on the second line.

Step 11 – Enter the name of the individual(s) allowed on this property in association with and approved by the landlord on the blank line in the “Agent(s)” paragraph.

Step 12 – Record the date of this agreement’s signing in the “Entire Agreement” paragraph. Directly below this, the landlord and all tenant’s involved must sign and print their names.