When it comes to leasing or renting out a property, a lease agreement becomes a vital document. It outlines the terms and conditions of the lease, including the rent, security deposit, lease term, maintenance responsibilities, and much more.
If you`re a landlord or property manager, you should always ensure that your lease agreement is comprehensive, legally binding, and easy to understand. To help you get started, here’s a sample draft of a lease agreement that you can use as a template.
This lease agreement is made on [date], between [landlord/property manager’s name] (hereinafter known as “Landlord”), and [tenant’s name] (hereinafter known as “Tenant”).
The Landlord agrees to lease the property located at [property address] (hereinafter known as “Property”) to the Tenant.
2. Term of Lease
The lease term shall be for [duration of lease], commencing on [start date] and terminating on [end date]. If the Tenant wishes to renew the lease, they should give the Landlord at least 30 days` notice before the end of the term.
The Tenant shall pay [rent amount] as rent for the Property. The rent is payable on the [due date] of each month. Rent payments shall be made to [name of person or entity responsible for rent collection] at [address of rent collection].
4. Security Deposit
The Tenant shall pay a security deposit of [security deposit amount] to the Landlord. The security deposit shall be held by the Landlord for the duration of the lease term and will be returned to the Tenant at the end of the lease, provided that there are no damages to the Property beyond normal wear and tear.
5. Maintenance Responsibilities
The Tenant shall keep the Property clean and in good condition, and shall be responsible for any damages caused by their negligence or misuse. The Landlord shall be responsible for repairs and maintenance of the Property due to normal wear and tear.
The Tenant shall be responsible for paying all utilities, including but not limited to, electricity, gas, water, and garbage disposal charges.
7. Use of Property
The Tenant shall use the Property solely for residential purposes and shall not use the Property for any illegal activity.
The Tenant shall not sublet, sublease, or allow anyone else to occupy the Property without the Landlord’s prior written consent.
The Tenant shall not keep any pets on the Property without the Landlord’s prior written consent.
10. Termination of Lease
Either party may terminate this lease agreement with written notice of at least [notice period] days before the end of the lease term.
11. Governing Law
This lease agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of [state].
12. Entire Agreement
This lease agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior negotiations, understandings, and agreements.
While this sample draft of a lease agreement is a good starting point, it’s important to tailor your lease agreement to your specific property and tenant requirements. Always seek legal advice to ensure that your lease agreement conforms to your local and state laws.
Remember, a well-drafted and executed lease agreement protects both the Landlord and the Tenant, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free lease term.