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One (1) Page Lease Agreement Template

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The one (1) page lease agreement is made between a landlord and tenant to create a simple rental arrangement. The lease may be for a fixed term or a month-to-month basis with general terms such as monthly rent, start and end dates, and utility responsibilities mentioned. This agreement may be used for residential use only and does not include any required State disclosures.

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1 – The Lease Agreement Template On This Page Is Available As A PDF Or Word Processing File

The one-page leasing contract can be obtained by selecting the PDF, ODT, or Word buttons or the similarly labeled links above. If you have the appropriate software environment, you can prepare this document on-screen (so long as it is physically signed by both parties). Otherwise, access this paperwork as a pdf using your web browser then print it. Make sure to save a copy for your records.

2 – Identify This Paperwork

Once you are ready to document the specifics to the agreement, locate the first statement. Here, we will need to attach a date to this paperwork along with the parties that will enter it with a binding signature. Begin by presenting the calendar date when this agreement is made using the first two blank spaces of this statement. Now we must solidify the two parties that will sign this contract. Fill in the full name of the Landlord (or Leasing Company) on the blank line attached to the parenthesis labeled “Landlord.” The next party we must identify is the Tenant. That is, the individual(s) who will pay the Landlord a predetermined rent amount on a periodic basis in exchange for the right to live on the property being discussed. Report the full name of each Tenant entering this agreement on the next blank space in this statement. 

3 – Give A Report On The Property And The Term Of This Agreement

The property being leased must be clearly presented as well. This task should be handled by the item labeled “1. Property.” Notice, the language in this statement, as with the rest of this document, has been set so that it delivers the necessary information. You will need to make sure this language is supplemented with facts about the property where appropriate. Begin with the first blank line (between the phrase “…Agrees To Rent To Tenant” and the words “City Of…”). Supply the building number, the street or road name, and any apartment or suite number that describes the physical location of the concerned property on this line. The next two blank lines in this item are reserved so that you can complete this property description. Record the city and state where this property is located on these spaces. The second item of this paperwork, “2. Term,” seeks to define when the Tenant will be renting this property from the Landlord and under what conditions. First, indicate what type of lease this is by checking one of the first two checkboxes. If this is a “Month-To-Month” lease, then check the first box. If this is a “Fixed Lease,” you must mark the second checkbox. This choice will require some additional information. First, enter the number of months or years this lease will remain in effect on the blank space provided then mark either the “Months” checkbox or “Year(s)” checkbox to define the number you entered. Additionally, you must name the first calendar date when this lease is in effect and the last calendar date of this lease using the area provided after the words “…Starting On” and “…Ending On” (respectively).

4 – Solidify The Predetermined Rent And Security Amount Due To The Landlord

The rent amount the Tenant must pay the Landlord and when that payment must be submitted should be set in the third item (“3. Rent”). Document the rent amount the Tenant has agreed to pay on the first blank line after the dollar sign in this item. You may report this as a monthly amount or a yearly amount so long as you define this. (See Example Below). The second empty line will also follow a dollar sign. Use this blank space to document how much money the Tenant must pay per month. The blank space between the words “…In Advance On The” and “Day Of Each Month” requires the calendar day of each month when the Tenant must pay the monthly rent amount to the Landlord. The next statement in this item will also need information specific to this situation presented. Place the calendar month, day, and year when the first month’s rent and security deposit the Tenant must pay the Landlord must be received in full by the Landlord. Enter the penalty amount the Tenant must pay with each late payment of rent on the blank space after the term “…Pay A Late Charge Of.”  This late fee must be further defined in this statement by entering the number of days after the past due date when it will first be applied. Thus, if the rent is due on the first of the month and the Landlord will charge a $50.00 fee if it remains unpaid for three days, enter the dollar amount and that number of days as shown in the example below. ‘

Now that the rent has been solidified, we must turn our attention to the statement labeled “4. Security Deposit.” Enter the full dollar amount the Tenant must submit to the Landlord as the security deposit required to move in on the first blank space in this statement. The name of the financial institution where the Tenant’s security deposit will be held by the Landlord should be presented on the empty line after the words “…Security Deposit Account At”

5 – Present Several Additional Definitions Before Finalizing This Agreement

In “5. Landlord’s Agent” section will give you the opportunity to name a specific entity that will represent the Landlord’s interests and concerns in the management of this property. Produce this entity’s name on the blank space after the word “Landlord.” The “Use Of The Premises” statement will not require any attention, however, item “7. Utilities” provides an area where we should report what other additional payments for the maintenance of the premises the Tenant will be held responsible for. By default, the Landlord will be set to pay for the “Water And Sewer, Electricity, Garbage Removal, Gas,” and “Oil.” The blank line supplied in this area will allow us to define if the Tenant is to pay for any utilities. Thus, if the Tenant must pay for electricity and cable on his or her own, cross out (or delete) the word “Electricity” in this statement then supply the words “Electricity” and “Cable” to the blank line. We will need to address the statement in “8. Eviction.” Utilize the blank line in this item to document the number of days after the due date when the rent remains unpaid and the Landlord may enact his or her right to evict the Tenant for nonpayment. Items nine through sixteen should be read to comprehension by both parties before either sign this document. Sometimes, a Landlord may need to gain access to a premise but, of course, the Tenant’s privacy must be respected – even if he or she is not physically at home. If the Tenant is travelling for an extended period of time, he or she will need to inform the Landlord. Record the minimum number absentee days from the premises that obligates the Tenant to inform the Landlord of his or her absence. Both the Tenant and the Landlord should read items eighteen through thirty-two. These sections will cover the general concerns of a rental agreement while remaining compliant with federal law. Neither party should sign this document unless both have a clear understanding of the contents of these items.

6 – The Tenant And Landlord Must Solidify This Agreement By Producing A Binding Signature

This contract will not be considered an accurate representation of what the Landlord and Tenant agreed to unless both have verified its contents to be true and both sign their names. This task will need to be performed by each party personally at the end of this paperwork. First, record the signature date (the calendar date when the act of signing occurs) on the blank space labeled “Date” under the statement labeled “32. Signatures.” The Landlord must sign his or her name on the “Landlord’s Signature” line to formally enter this agreement with the Tenant.Two blank “Tenant’s Signature” lines have been supplied so each Tenant can sign his or her name. Every Tenant entering this agreement must sign his or her name to a unique blank line labeled “Tenant’s Signature” in this area. If more than two Tenants are entering this agreement, you may add more signature areas or provide an attachment with these signatures (make sure a signature date is also reported on such an attachment.