Pursuant to Chapter 521 (Residential Landlord-Tenant Code)
THIS AGREEMENT made this _____ Day of ______________________, 20___,
by and between _____________________________ [name of landlord] of
____________________________________________________ [street address
of landlord] herein called “Landlord,” and _____________________________
[name of tenant] of
____________________________________________________ [street address
of tenant] herein called “Tenant.” Landlord hereby agrees to rent to Tenant the
dwelling located at
____________________________________________________ under the
following terms and conditions.
Tenants agree to lease this dwelling for a fixed term of ____________, beginning
____________ and ending ____________. Upon expiration, this Agreement
shall become a month-to-month agreement AUTOMATICALLY, UNLESS either
Tenants or Owners notify the other party in writing at least 30 days prior to
expiration that they do not wish this Agreement to continue on any basis.
2. RENT:
Tenant agrees to pay Landlord as base rent the sum of $__________ per month,
due and payable monthly in advance on the ____ day of each month during the
term of this agreement. The first month’s rent is required to be submitted on or
before move-in.
Tenants agree to pay their rent in the form of a personal check, a cashier’s
check, or a money order made out to the Landlord.
Tenants agree to pay their rent by mail addressed to the Landlord (replace this
with landlord’s mailing address)______________________________, or in
person at the same address, or in such other way as the Landlord will advise the
Tenant in writing.
Tenant hereby acknowledges that late payment will cause Landlord to incur costs
not contemplated by this Rental Agreement. The landlord allows for a ____ day
grace period. In the event rent is not received prior to the date plus the grace
period, Tenant agrees to pay a $____ late fee, plus an additional $____ per day
for every day thereafter until the rent is paid. Neither ill health, loss of job,
financial emergency, or other excuses will be accepted for late payment.
In the event Tenant’s check is dishonored and returned unpaid for any reason to
Landlord, Tenant agrees to pay a returned check charge of $______ AND accept
whatever consequences there might be in making a late payment. If for any
reason a check is returned or dishonored, all future rent payments will be cash or
money order.
Tenants hereby agree to pay a security deposit of $_____________ to be
refunded upon vacating, returning the keys to the Landlord and termination of
this contract according to other terms herein agreed. This deposit will be held to
cover any possible damage to the property. No interest will be paid on this
money and in no case will it be applied to back or future rent. It will be held intact
by Landlord until at least thirty (30) working days after Tenants have vacated the
property. At that time Landlord will inspect the premises thoroughly and assess
any damages and/or needed repairs. This deposit money minus any necessary
charges for missing/dead light bulbs, repairs, cleaning, etc., will then be returned
to Tenant with a written explanation of deductions, within 60 days after they have
vacated the property.
Tenant hereby agrees to accept property in its present state of cleanliness. They
agree to return the property in the same condition or pay a $_____ minimum
cleaning fee if the Landlord has to have the property professionally cleaned.
If anyone removes any property belonging to Landlord without the express
written consent of the Landlord, this will constitute abandonment and surrender
of the premises by Tenant and termination by them of this Rental Agreement.
Landlord may also take further legal action.
(This paragraph applies only when this Agreement is or has become a month-to-
month agreement). Owners shall advise Tenants of any changes in terms of
tenancy with advance notice of at least thirty (30) days. Changes may include
notices of termination, rent adjustments, or other reasonable changes in the
terms of this Agreement.
Tenant agrees to cooperate with the Landlord is showing property to prospective
tenants, prior to termination of occupancy.
Landlord will not be liable for any loss of Tenant’s property. Tenant hereby
acknowledges this and agrees to make no such claims for any losses or
damages against Landlord, his agents, or employees. Tenants agree to purchase
insurance at their own expense sufficient to protect themselves and their
property from fire, theft, burglary, breakage, and electrical connections. They
acknowledge that if they fail to procure such insurance, it is their responsibility
and they alone shall bear the consequences.
If Tenants leave the premises unoccupied for 15 days without paying rent in
advance for that month, or while owing any back rent from previous months,
which has remained unpaid, the Landlord and/or his representatives have the
right to take immediate possession of the property and to bar the Resident from
returning. Landlord will also have the right to remove any property that the
Residents have left behind and store it at the Tenant’s expense.
The number of occupants is limited to two (2) primary tenants & two (2) children.
Only the Tenants may live in this building. Any additional residents residing in
said dwelling for more than 2 weeks continuously must be added to this lease or
receive written permission from the Landlord, subject to the same restrictions as
the tenants, i.e. they must fill out an application. Nurses or maids required to care
for the Tenants during an illness are an exception from this provision.
No additional locks will be installed on any door without the written permission of
Landlord. Landlord will be given duplicate keys for all locks so installed at
tenants’ expense, before they are installed.
Should tenants lock themselves out of their dwelling and be unable to gain
access through their own resources, they may call upon professional locksmith or
the Owners to let them in. In either case, they are responsible for payment of the
charges and/or damages involved. Owners charge a fee of $15 for providing this
service between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday,
excepting holidays, and a fee of $25 for all other times. This fee is due and
payable when the service is provided.
The Tenants hereby acknowledge that the said property is in good condition. If
there is anything about the condition of the property that is not good, they agree
to report it to the Landlord within 3 days of taking possession of the property.
They agree that failure to file any written notice of defects will be legally binding
proof that the property is in good condition at the time of occupancy.
An inventory and inspection Record has been provided for the Tenants’ use.
Only after this has been filled out (within the 3-day time limit) will the Landlord
take any action to complete necessary repairs. Landlord warrants that all major
systems will be functional and in good repair at the time of possession. Light
switches, wall plugs, doors, windows, faucets, drains, locks, toilets, sinks, etc. will
either be in working order or will be repaired once the Tenants have completed
the Inspection and Inventory Record. Tenants are encouraged to report any
necessary repairs, no matter how slight, in writing, but they are advised that
Landlord does not normally repair or replace nonfunctional items such as paint,
carpets, etc., every time a property changes possession. Those items are
scheduled for repair/replacement at regular intervals regardless of tenant
If your unit has a balcony, deck, or porch do not allow more than two people on
the structure at one time.
Good housekeeping is expected of everyone. Tenant agrees to keep quarters
clean and in a sanitary condition. The Tenants agree not to permit any
deterioration or destruction to occur while they are occupying the property.
Tenant shall make no alterations, decorations, additions, or improvements in or
to the premises without Landlords’ prior written consent, and then only by
contractors or mechanics, or other approved by Landlord. All alterations,
additions, or improvements upon the premises, made by either party, shall
become the property of the Landlord and shall remain upon, and be surrendered
with said premises, as a part thereof, at the end of the term hereof.
They acknowledge that they will be responsible for and pay any damage done by
rain, wind, hail, tornadoes, etc., if this damage is caused by leaving windows
open, allowing stoppage and/or overflow or water and/or sewage pipes, broken
windows or doors, torn screens, broken door and window locks, etc. or any
damage caused while Tenant has occupancy.
Tenants agree to keep a maximum of 1 vehicle on premises or in the garage.
These vehicles must be both operable and currently licensed. Tenants agree to
park their vehicles in assigned spaces and to keep those spaces clean of oil
drippings. Tenants agree not to park boats, recreational trailers, utility trailers,
and the like on the premises without first obtaining Landlords’ written permission.
Resident will be responsible for payment of all utilities, telephone, gas, or other
bills incurred during their residency. They specifically authorize Landlord to
deduct amounts of unpaid bills from their Security Deposits in the event they
remain unpaid after termination of this agreement. The Landlord/Owner agrees to
only pay water, garbage, and sewer bills.
24. SERVICES. Landlord shall be responsible for the following utilities and
services in connection with the premises: _______________________________
Tenant shall be responsible for the following utilities and services in connection
with the Premises:
Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has fully explained to the Tenant the utility
rates, charges and services for which Tenant will be required to pay (if any),
other than those to be paid directly to the utility company furnishing the service.
Tenant agrees to notify Landlord immediately if roof leaks, water spots appear on
ceiling, or at the first sign of termite activity. Tenants also agree to notify the
Owners immediately upon first discovering any signs of serious building
problems such as foundation cracks, a tilting porch, a crack in plaster, buckling
drywall or siding, a spongy floor, a leaky water heater, etc. If the tenant does not
notify landlord in a prompt matter the tenant may be held financially responsible.
Upon being notified by Tenants that there is some building defect in which is
hazardous to health, life, or safety, Owners shall undertake repairs as soon as
possible. Should there be a delay of more than seventy-two (72) hours in making
repairs, due to difficulty in scheduling the work or obtaining parts or for any other
reason beyond the Owners’ control, Owners agree to keep Tenants informed
about the progress of work.
As of the date of this Agreement, Owners warrant that the dwelling’s sewage
drains are in good working order and that they will accept the normal household
waste for which they were designed. They will not accept things such as diapers,
sanitary napkins, tampons, children’s toys, wads of toilet paper, balls of hair,
grease, oil, table scraps, clothing, rags, sand, dirt, rocks, or newspapers.
Tenants agree to pay for clearing the drains of any and all stoppages except
those which the plumber who is called to clear the stoppage will attest in writing
were caused by defective plumbing, tree roots, or acts of God. Please use a
drain filter to save unnecessary time & money with repairs.
The Tenants agree to never use any form of pesticides (including rat poison,
roach sprays, etc), or fertilizers unless written permission is granted from the
The Tenants hereby state that work or repairs that need to be done will be
handled by competent professionals, unless Tenants are qualified and capable of
doing the work themselves and doing it properly, in a safe manner that meets all
federal, state, and local regulations and have written approval from the landlord.
Tenants further state that they will be legally responsible for any mishap they
either do themselves or hire others to do. Landlord will be held free from harm
and liability along with his agents and representatives. In the event that needed
repairs are beyond the Tenants’ capacity, they are urged to arrange for
professional help.
The landlord or the authorized person/agent/company to act for and on behalf of
the Owner and where all notices by the tenant should be sent is located at the
Name: _________________________________
Street Address: _________________________________
City: _________________________________ Zip: ____________
Telephone: _________________________________
E-Mail: _________________________________
The Owner reserves the right to enter the residence at reasonable times to
inspect, make necessary repairs, supply services, or show it to prospective
residents, purchasers, workmen, or contractors. Whenever practicable, a two-day
notice of the Owner’s intent to enter shall be given to the Resident.
Tenants shall not sublet the entire premises or any part of the premises, nor shall
they assign this Agreement to anyone else without first obtaining Landlords
written permission. Prospective sub-lessee’s or assignees must submit an
application to the Landlord and must agree to credit, background, reference, and
employment verification as well as the obligation to pay a non-refundable $25
application fee. Permission to sublease will be determined by the sole discretion
of the Landlord.
33. PETS:
Pets are allowed on the premises only by obtaining the Landlords’ written
permission first. When possession of the property is given to the Tenant, only
those pets listed on the Rental Application will be allowed unless subsequent
written permission has been granted. “Pets” does not include animals trained to
serve the handicapped, such as seeing-eye dogs, hearing dogs, or service dogs.
These animals may be housed on the premises so long as they are in the direct
service of those they were trained to serve and so long as Landlord is notified in
advance in writing of the circumstances. In any case, when permission is
granted, owners are required to pay an additional $____ per month pet-rent
charge for one or more. Additionally, a pet-application sheet must be submitted
before move-in.
If problems with pets occur there are several ways it may be handled depending
on the events. If the pet is anyway dangerous it will not be allowed on the
premises. In the event of the owner being negligent in regards to cleanup or
allowing access to areas that the pet could damage the tenant will be fined or
money will be taken from the deposit. If the pet is a nuisance in anyway the
landlord may make suggestions to how the pet is cared for or may require the
tenant to attend a training course to be approved by the landlord.
Pets are never to be allowed in the yard unsupervised. Cleaning up after the pet
is necessary immediately following defecation. Constant barking will not be
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Landlord may terminate this
lease upon 45 days written notice to Tenant that the Premises have been sold.
All rights given to Landlord by this agreement shall be cumulative in addition to
any laws that exist or might come into being. Any exercise of any rights by
Landlord or failure to exercise rights shall not act as waiver of those or any other
rights. No statement or promise by Landlord, its agents, or employees, as to
tenancy, repairs, amount of rent to be paid, or other terms and conditions shall
be binding unless it is put in writing and made a specific part of this agreement.
36. TERMS:
In this agreement the singular number where used will include the plural, the
masculine gender will include the feminine, the term Owner will include Landlord,
Lessor; and the term Resident will include Tenant, Lessee.
37. GOVERNING LAW: This Lease shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of ________________.
38. Tax Excise Number. Landlord must furnish its tax excise number so that tenant
may file for a low-income tax credit if they qualify. The landlord’s tax excise number is
___________________________. (Per Statute §521-43)
The Tenants signing this Rental Contract hereby state that all questions about
this Rental Agreement have been answered, that they fully understand all the
provisions of the agreement and the obligations and responsibilities of each
party, as spelled out herein. They further state that they agree to fulfill their
obligations in every respect or suffer the full legal and financial consequences of
their actions or lack of action in violation of this agreement. Signature by the
Tenant on this Rental Agreement is acknowledgement and he/she has received
a signed copy of the Rental Agreement.
Accepted this __________________ day of ___________________, 20 ___.
Tenant’s Signature
Tenant’s Signature
Landlord-Manager-Agent’s Signature
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