Free Standard Residential Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

A standard residential lease agreement is typically a one (1) year term, but may be any fixed time period, and establishes a relationship where a person pays rent (the “Tenant”) to a property owner (the “Landlord”) in return for living on the property. After a tenant shows interest in a property the landlord will typically ask to see their credentials and background information with the Rental Application. This will give the landlord an idea if the tenant is able to pay the rent on-time and if they have been good tenants in the past with previous property owners/managers.

Once the application process is complete, and if the tenant is approved, the landlord will decide how much to charge the tenant for the security deposit. Be aware that most States have a maximum that a landlord can charge and this information may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of any of our State Lease Agreement Pages.

After all the terms and conditions are agreed upon by both parties the agreement should be signed and then it becomes final. Access to the premises shall be given to the lessee upon the first (1st) day of the rental period unless the rent has been pro-rated to move-in early.

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How to Write

Step 1 – Download the document in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – Parties –

  • Enter the  date of commencement of the agreement in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Provide the landlord’s name
  • Provide the tenant’s name
  • Submit the complete address of the premises

Step 3 – Fixed Term (Lease) Information – Submit:

  • The beginning and ending dates of the lease in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 4 – Rent –

  • Landlord must enter the sum of the rental payment due each month
  • Read the statement regarding the form of payment to be made

Rent Payment Procedure –

  • The landlord must enter either a mailing location or local address where rent must be delivered each month
  • Read the “Rent Due Date” statement
  • Review the “Bad Check” service charge information

Security Deposit –

  • The landlord must enter the amount of the security deposit due on signing of the document and read the remainder of the section

Step 5 – Titled Sections –

  • Tenant(s) and Landlord(s) must carefully review the following sections prior to signing the document, as follows:
  • Cleaning Fee
  • Removal of Landlord’s Property
  • Changes in Terms of Tenancy
  • Tenant Cooperation ‘
  • Tenant Insurance
  • Abandonment
  • Occupants – (Landlord must enter the limited number of added tenants and the number of primary tenants)
  • Lock Policy
  • Lockouts – (landlord must enter the fee due in the event of a lock out – if any)
  • Condition of Premises
  • Inventory and Inspection Record
  • Balconies and Porches
  • Tenant Responsibility
  • Alteration
  • Vehicles and Garage Use
  • Utilities
  • Services
  • Notification of Serious Building Problems
  • Reasonable Time for Repairs
  • Drain Stoppages
  • Back Yard Gardens
  • Non-Liability
  • Disclosure of Landlord/Agent –(Landlord must enter the name of the management company (if any) – Again enter the name of the management company stating authorization to act – Enter the physical address of the management company)
  • Access to Premises
  • Subletting and Assignment
  • Pets
  • Termination Upon Sale of Premises
  • Waiver
  • Terms
  • Full Disclosure

Step 6 – Signatures – Once read and agreed by all parties, provide:

  • The date of acceptance in dd/m/yy format
  • Tenant(s) signature(s)
  • Date signatures in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • AND
  • Landlord/Manager’s signature
  • Date signature in mm/dd/yyyy format