North Carolina Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The North Carolina Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a standard yet legally binding document/agreement, used between an owner/landlord/management company and the tenant(s) The document will specify responsibilities and expectations with regard to the care and payment of the property that will be rented. Leases will often vary but for the most part, there are common requirements in all leases. The tenant(s) should carefully read the entirety of the document so that they understand exactly what they will be signing.

*If any of the parties involved are unsure of any portion of the document they will sign, they may wish to consult with a knowledgeable real estate attorney.

Laws – Chapter 42 (Landlord and Tenant)

HandbookLandlord/Tenant Law (PDF)

How To Write

Step 1 – Begin by reading the first paragraph of the document, then enter the following:

  • Name of the Owner/Lessor
  • Address of the Owner/Lessor
  • If rent or any other funds must be paid to the Owner/Lessor at a different location or to a different person list that address or name of the correct person to whom any monies should be paid

Step 2 – Names of the Lessee(s)

  • Enter the full legal name of each occupant
  • Read the paragraph addressing the responsibilities of all lessees

Step 3 – Authorized Occupants – In this section, list all lessees who will have access to a key to the property:

  • Enter the legal name and age of each lessee
  • Check the box to the left if the lessee will be in possession of a key
  • Each lessee should read the paragraph in this section

Step 4 – Address and Term –

  • Enter the full physical address of the property to be leased
  • Check yes or no if there is a detached garage or storage unit available. If so enter the unit number
  • Read the remainder of the paragraph

Step 5 – Lease Term Information:

  • Enter the beginning date of the lease in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Enter the ending date of the lease tern in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 6 – Utilities – Lessor shall check the boxes for which they will be responsible to pay – If the box is unchecked – It will then be the responsibility of the tenant to pay any unchecked utility and/or service.

  • If the tenant understands this statement, initial this area on the  form

Step 7 – Landlord must check yes or no as to whether or not the water and sewer services are submetered – If so:

  • Check the type of submetering
  • Enter the name and address of water and sewer billing agent

Step 8 – Liability and Contents of Insurance Policies –

  • Landlord must check the box indicating whether or not the tenant(s) are required to have contents insurance
  • If there is insurance requirement enter the minimum amount of liability required
  • Enter next the minimum amount of contents insurance required

Step 9 – Rent –

  • Enter the base monthly amount in the line provided
  • Enter any additional rents (if any)
  • If the landlord is offering any rental discount check the box and enter the discount to calculate a subtotal
  • Landlord must enter the total monthly rent
  • Enter the prorated amount of rent for the first month

Step 10 – Late Fees-

  • Tenant must read the entire paragraph in this section

Step 11 – One -Time Discount Promotions (Check Yes or No)

  • If there are any one time discount promotions, the landlord must enter them and apply them in the total, initial payment
  • If yes – describe the type and amount

Step 12 – Refundable Deposits- List as follows:

  • Security Deposit
  • Pet Deposits
  • Amount per pet
  • Enter the total amount for pet deposits
  • Enter the total of all deposits
  • Landlord must enter the name and address of the financial institution where these deposits will be held

Step 13 – Miscellaneous Fees and Charges – Enter the following:

  • Complaint Filing Fee
  • Court Appearance Fee
  • Second Trial Fee
  • Change of Locks or Keys (per replacement set)
  • Pet Fees (per pet)
  • Annual rate of interest
  • Other fees and charges (describe in the lines provided)

Step 14 – Smoke Free Housing

  • Check yes or no
  • Tenant must read the section before signing if any of the tenants smoke tobacco products

Step 15 – The tenants must read the next pages entirely prior to providing signatures

Step 16 – Execution of Agreement:

  • You acknowledge having read and agreed to all of the provisions of this agreement
  • Landlord must enter any other special terms and conditions

Step 17 – Signatures-

  • Lessor – Print the name of the Lessor By:
  • If this is a management company print the name of the Agent
  • If Agent or broker – enter the NC Real Estate License Number
  • Enter the date of the signing of the document
  • AND
  • Lessee(s) Provide the Signatures only of all occupants
  • Enter the date of the occupants signatures

Step 18 – Apartment Pet Agreement- Addendums-

  • Enter any addendums
  • The tenants must enter the type of pet(s)
  • Number of pets
  • Weight of pets
  • Colors of pets
  • Breed description of pets
  • City License number of each pet
  • Number of fish tanks/how many gallons
  • Any other pet descriptions
  • Tenant must carefully read all information with regard to Pet Fees, rents, deposits, pet restrictions

Step 19 – Signatures –

  • Print name of lessor by:
  • Signature of any authorized person for management company or agent
  • AND
  • Signatures ONLY of all lessees

Step 20 – Apartment Condition Checklist –

  • Tenant and Landlord must walk through and check the boxes of any issues discovered prior to move in
  • This same list will be reviewed at move out
  • At move in, once you’ve reviewed the apartment condition the tenant and landlord or representative will sign the document on move in and move out.