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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

A month-to-month lease agreement is a rental contract with no end date. Either the landlord or tenant can terminate it at any time with proper notice. The lease automatically renews each month when the tenant pays rent.
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How a Month-to-Month Lease Works (5 steps)

1. Get the Tenant’s Details

landlord conducting tenant background check on tablet

The tenant should complete a rental application and pay a non-refundable fee so the landlord can run a consumer report (e.g., credit check, eviction report, etc.).

Use either company to generate a consumer report:

2. Begin Negotiations

landlord on phone with potential tenant

The negotiated items commonly include:

  • Monthly rent ($)
  • Security deposit (see maximum limits)
  • Utilities/Services
  • Rent pre-payment
  • Fees (e.g., pets, parking, etc.)

3. Writing the Month-to-Month Lease

landlord writing month-to-month lease agreement on laptop

Once a verbal agreement is made, the landlord can write a formal agreement.


Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

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4. Executing the Lease

A lease should be signed in person or electronically by the landlord and tenant. After authorization, the lease becomes a legally binding document.

Signing Statistics (2023)

  • 52% of tenants signed in-person.
  • 40% of tenants signed electronically (increase of over 90% since 2018).
  • 8% of tenants didn’t sign a written lease.

Source: Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report 2023

5. Sending Notices

landlord filling out lease termination letter

A certified letter with a return receipt is recommended when sending any type of notice. This proves the notice was delivered by providing proof from the courier who delivered the letter.

Notice Types (2)


Rent Increase Notice – Used by the landlord to increase the tenant’s rent.

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Lease Termination Notice – Used by either the landlord or tenant to terminate a month-to-month lease.

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Sample

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MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASE

I. THE PARTIES. This Month-to-Month Lease (“Agreement”) made this [DATE], is between:

Landlord: [LANDLORD’S NAME] with a mailing address of [LANDLORD’S ADDRESS] (“Landlord”), and

Tenant(s): [TENANT’S NAME] with a mailing address of [TENANT’S ADDRESS] (“Tenant”).

II. PREMISES. The Landlord agrees to rent the following property to the Tenant in exchange for the Payment Terms in Section IV:

a.) Property Address: [PROPERTY ADDRESS]
b.) Residence Type: Apartment House Condo Other: [OTHER]
c.) Bedroom(s)[#] Bathroom(s): [#]

III. TENANCY-AT-WILL. The Tenant shall be allowed to occupy the Premises on a month-to-month arrangement starting on [START DATE], and ending upon notice of [#] days or the minimum statutory limit required under state law, whichever is greater, from either the Landlord or Tenant (“Lease Term”).

IV. PAYMENT TERMS. During the Lease Term, the Tenant shall be responsible for the following: (check all that apply)

– Monthly Rent. $[AMOUNT] due on the [#] of each month.
– Security Deposit. $[AMOUNT] due at signing of this Agreement.
– Last Month’s Rent. $[AMOUNT] due at signing of this Agreement.
– Other. [OTHER]

V. SERVICES & UTILITIES. The Tenant shall be responsible for all services and utilities related to the Premises except for: [SERVICES & UTILITIES].

VI. ADDITIONAL TERMS. [ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS]

Landlord’s Signature: __________________________ Date: ____________
Print Name: __________________________

Tenant’s Signature: __________________________ Date: ____________
Print Name: __________________________