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Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The standard residential lease agreement template is the most widely used landlord-tenant contract. It is a fixed arrangement usually lasting for a period of one (1) year and both parties shall be bound until the end of its term. The document must follow all State Statutes and contain all disclosures as provided by law. After the form has been agreed to, along with the disclosures attached and security deposit provided by the tenant, the form is ready to be signed by the parties.

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How to Write

Step 1 – The Parties – Begin by entering the following information:

  • Enter the landlord’s name
  • Street address
  • City
  • State
  • AND
  • Enter the names of all tenant(s) expected to reside on the premises

Step 2 – Occupant(s) –

  • Enter any names of any individual(s) who shall maintain residency on the premises, beside the tenant(s) (ie: minor children, elderly parents etc)

Step 3 – Offer to Rent – The landlord must complete the following:

  • Enter the type of residence being rented
  • Enter the street address
  • City
  • State
  • AND
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms

Step 3 – Furnishings – The landlord must check one of the following boxes:

  • The premises is to be furnished  – enter the items that will remain on the premises
  • Not Furnished
  • Furnished with Appliances – enter a list of the appliances to remain for the use of the tenant(s)
  • Landlord will not provide any appliances on the premises

Step 4 – Lease Term –

The Landlord must complete the following fields:

  • Enter the commencement date of the agreement in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the termination date of the Lease Term

Step 5 – Rent – Landlord must enter:

  • The cost of the monthly rental installment that the tenant(s) must expect to pay

Insufficient Fund Returned Checks –

The landlord must check the box stating what the rule shall be for checks that are returned insufficient funds:

  • If the landlord would expect a fee for  returned check, check the box and enter the amount the landlord would expect to be paid for the returned check.
  • If there will be no fee for a returned check, then the landlord may check that box

Late Fees –

If the rent remains unpaid on the date it’s due, the landlord must check the first box and enter the amount of the late fee that the tenant(s) are expected to pay:

  • If there is a grace period in which the tenant(s) have to get the rent paid before a late fee is imposed, check the second box and enter how many days after the due date before rent is considered “late”
  • If the landlord chooses not to charge any late fee at any point, check the third box

The First Month’s Rent –

The first month’s rent will be due:

  • Check the first box  – if the first month’s rent is due upon execution of the agreement
  • Check the second box  -if the first month’s rent is due on the first day of the lease

Pre-Payment –

In the event pre-payment is expected by the landlord:

  • Check the first box if prepayment is expected –
  • Enter the full amount expected
  • Enter the period the payment shall cover by entering the commencement date of the lease in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the ending date of the payment in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • OR
  • Enter the second box if no prepayment is expected

Proration Period –

If there will be a proration of rent –

  • Check the first box if the tenant(s) will be moving-in to the Premises before the start of the Lease Term
  • Enter the date of move in, in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the amount that will be paid, which is the Rent pro-rated on a daily basis which shall be paid by the Tenant(s) upon the execution of the agreement
  • OR
  • Check the second box which states that the tenant(s) will not move in until the lease term begins

Security Deposit –

The landlord must enter –

  • The amount of the security deposit that must be paid required at the execution of the lease agreement
  • Enter the amount of days in which the tenant(s) may receive the return of the deposit once the tenant(s) have moved out

Step 6 – Titled Sections –

The tenant(s) must read and review all of the titled sections as follows:

  • Possession
  • Access
  • Move-In Inspection (the landlord must check the applicable box)
  • Subletting
  • Abandonment
  • Assignment
  • Parking (landlord must check the applicable boxes and complete the information under this title)
  • Right of Entry
  • Sale of Property (the landlord must check the appropriate box)
  • Utilities
  • Utilities ( the landlord must provide a list in the lines provided, of the utilities and services included in the rental payment – Any other utilities and/or services not mentioned will be paid by the tenant(s)
  • Maintenance, Repairs or Alterations
  • Early Termination ( the landlord must check the applicable box and enter any information required)
  • Pets (the landlord must check the box that will best apply and complete any fields if necessary)
  • Noise/Waste
  • Guests
  • Smoking Policy (landlord must check the box indicating whether or not smoking will be allowed and if so, where)
  • Compliance With The Law
  • Default
  • Multiple Tenant(s) or Occupants
  • Disputes
  • Severability
  • Surrender  of Premises
  • Retaliation
  • Waiver
  • Equal Housing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Waterbeds
  • Indemnification
  • Covenants
  • Notices (the landlord and tenant must both provide mailing addresses where each may receive notices from the other)
  • Agent/Manager (the landlord must check the box that applies and enter the required information if necessary)
  • Premises Deemed Unihabitable
  • Lead Paint (landlord check the appropriate box)
  • Governing Law
  • Additional Terms (enter into the lines provided
  • Entire Agreement

Step 7 – Signatures –

Enter the date that the signatures are being entered  in dd/mm/yyyy format and then enter the following:

  • Landlord’s Signature
  • Print Landlord’s Name
  • Date of Signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • AND

All Tenant(s) 18 years of age and older must apply their signatures as follows:

  • Tenant(s) Signature(s)
  • Print Tenant(s) Name(s)
  • Date of Tenant(s) Signature(s) in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 8 – Amounts Due At Signing –

Landlord must enter all of the following information and provide it to the tenant(s) to refer back to:

  • Security Deposit
  • First (1st) Month’s Rent
  • Parking Fee
  • Pet Fee(s)
  • Pre-Payment of Rent
  • Proration Amount