This Residential Lease Agreement is used by a landlord to lease a residential property to a tenant for a specific period of time. This document contains the material terms of the lease agreement including the rent amount, the term of the tenancy and the permitted uses of the premises. Many of the standard clauses commonly used in these types of agreement are included in this document, but it may be customized to ensure that the understandings of the parties are properly set forth. This lease agreement should be used by a landlord and a tenant located in Louisiana when entering into a fixed period lease.
Docstoc Legal Agreements This Residential Lease Agreement is used by a landlord to lease a residential property to a tenant for a specific period of time. This document contains the material terms of the lease agreement including the rent amount, the term of the tenancy and the permitted uses of the premises. Many of the standard clauses commonly used in these types of agreement are included in this document, but it may be customized to ensure that the understandings of the parties are properly set forth. This lease agreement should be used by a landlord and a tenant located in Louisiana when entering into a fixed period lease. ® DISCLAIMERS: ALL INFORMATION AND FORMS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING AS TO THEIR LEGAL EFFECT AND COMPLETENESS. They are for general guidance and should be modified by you or your attorney to meet your specific needs and the laws of your state. Use at your own risk. 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All Rights Reserved RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT – FIXED PERIOD THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) made and entered into this _____ [Month] _____ [Date], 20_____, by and between ____________________________ [Instruction: Insert the name of Landlord] (hereinafter referred to as “Landlord”) and ____________________________ [Instruction: Insert the name of Tenant] (hereinafter referred to as “Tenant”). For the purpose of this Agreement, Landlord and Tenant are sometimes individually referred to as the “Party” and collectively referred to as the “Parties”. WHEREAS, Landlord is the sole owner of certain real property together with all appurtenances thereto, lying and situated in County ____________________ [Instruction: Insert the County], State of Louisiana, described in Exhibit A (hereinafter referred to as the “Premises”); WHEREAS, Landlord desires to lease the Premises to Tenant upon the terms and conditions as contained herein; and WHEREAS, Tenant desires to lease the Premises from Landlord on the terms and conditions as contained herein; NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the covenants and obligations contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Parties hereto hereby agree as follows: 1. TERM OF THE TENANCY. The term of this Agreement shall commence on _____ [Month] _____ [Date], 20_____, and shall continue from that date for a period of ___________ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number of months, e.g., eleven (◊ 11)] months expiring on _____ [Month] _____ [Date], 20_____. Either Landlord or Tenant may terminate the tenancy by giving the other ___________ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number of days, e.g., thirty (◊ 30)] days written notice of an intention to terminate the Premises. In the event such notice is given, Tenant agrees to pay all rent up to and including the notice period. Should Tenant vacate before the expiration of the term without serving a written notice, Tenant shall be liable for the balance of the rent for the remainder of the term, less any rent Landlord collects or could have collected from a replacement tenant by reasonably attempting to re-rent. Tenant who vacates before expiration of the term is also responsible for Landlord’s costs of advertising for a replacement tenant. In the event Tenant fails to give written notice of an intention to vacate the Premises at the end of the term, the tenancy shall become on a month to month basis for successive terms of one month each, on an increased rent as per the reasonable discretion of Landlord, until either Landlord or Tenant terminate the tenancy by giving the other ___________ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number of days, e.g., three (◊ 3)] days written notice of an intention to terminate the Premises. In the event such notice is given, Tenant agrees to pay all rent up to and including the notice period. [Instruction: Choose this clause if the term of tenancy is counted for a particular period]. © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 2 2. RENT. Tenant shall pay Landlord rent of ________ ($____) [Instruction: Insert the amount of rent payable] per month, payable in advance on the _______ (___) [Instruction: Insert the day, e.g., first (◊ 1st)] day of each month. If that day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the rent is due on the next business day. Rent shall be paid by personal check, money order or cashier’s check only, to Landlord at Landlord's address as set forth in the preamble to this Agreement or at such other place as Landlord shall designate from time to time. 3. LATE CHARGE/BAD CHECKS. If rental payments are not received by the date due, a collection charge of ________ ($____) [Instruction: Insert the amount of late charge, e.g., ten dollars (◊ $10)] in addition to the monthly rent will immediately become due and payable. In addition, for each check not honored by the Bank or Trust Company upon which it is drawn, a collection charge of __________ ($_______) [Instruction: Insert the amount of charge for dishonor of checks, e.g., ten dollars (◊ $10)] in addition to the monthly rent will become immediately due and payable. 4. SECURITY / DAMAGE DEPOSIT. Tenant shall deposit with landlord the sum of Two (2) months rent as a security deposit to secure tenant's faithful performance of the terms of this lease. After Tenant has vacated, leaving the Premises vacant, Landlord may use the security deposit for the cleaning of the Premises, any unusual wear and tear to the Premises or common areas, and any rent or other amounts owed pursuant to the Agreement. 5. USE OF PREMISES. The Premises shall be used and occupied by Tenant and Tenant's immediate family, consisting of: ____________________________________________, ____________________________________________, ____________________________________________, ____________________________________________, [Instruction: Insert the name of people staying along with Tenant] exclusively, as a private single family dwelling, and no part of the Premises shall be used at any time during the term of this Agreement by Tenant for the purpose of carrying on any business, profession or trade of any kind, or for any purpose other than as a private single family dwelling. Tenant shall not allow any other person, other than Tenant's immediate family or transient relatives and friends who are guests of Tenant, to use or occupy the Premises without first obtaining Landlord's written consent to such use. Tenant shall comply with any and all laws, ordinances, rules and orders of any and all governmental or quasi-governmental authorities affecting the cleanliness, use, occupancy and preservation of the Premises. © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 3 6. ASSIGNMENT AND SUBLETTING. Tenant shall not assign this Agreement, or sublet or grant any license to use the Premises or any part thereof without the prior written consent of Landlord. Consent by Landlord to one such assignment, subletting or license shall not be deemed to be a consent to any subsequent assignment, subletting or license. An assignment, subletting or license without the prior written consent of Landlord or an assignment or subletting by operation of law shall be absolutely null and void and shall, at Landlord's option, terminate this Agreement. 7. CONDITION OF THE PREMISES. Tenant agrees to: a. properly use, operate and safeguard the Premises and all furniture and furnishings, appliances and fixtures within the Premises; b. Maintain the Premises in clean and sanitary condition, and upon termination of the tenancy, to surrender the Premises to Landlord in the same condition as when Tenant first took occupancy, except for ordinary wear and tear; c. If the surrounding grounds are part of the Premises and for exclusive use of Tenant, Tenant agree to irrigate and maintain the surrounding grounds in a clean and safe manner, keeping the grounds clear of rubbish and weeds and trimming all grass and shrubbery as necessary to effect a neat and orderly appearance to the property; d. Notify Landlord in writing upon discovery of any damages, defects or dangerous conditions in and about the Premises; and e. Reimburse Landlord for the cost of any repairs to the Premises of damages caused by misuse or negligence of Tenant or their guests or invitees. Tenant acknowledges that the Premises have been cleaned and all items, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances are in complete working order. Tenant promises to keep the Premises in a neat and sanitary condition and to immediately reimburse Landlord for any sums necessary to repair any item, fixture or appurtenance that needed service due to Tenant's, or Tenant's invitee, misuse or negligence. 8. LEAD BASED PAINT DISCLOSURE. By initialing, Tenant acknowledges receipt of disclosure of information on lead based paint and lead based paint hazards. Landlord has no reports or knowledge of lead based paint on the Premises. ______________ [Instruction: Insert the initial of Tenant] [Comment: Housing built before 1978 may contain lead based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 4 housing, Landlord must disclose the presence of known lead based paint and/or lead based paint hazards in the dwelling. Tenant must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.] 9. ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS. a. Tenant shall make no alterations to the buildings or improvements on the Premises or construct any building or make any other improvements on the Premises without the prior written consent of Landlord. Any and all alterations, changes and/or improvements built, constructed or placed on the Premises by Tenant shall, unless otherwise provided by written agreement between Landlord and Tenant, be and become the property of Landlord and remain on the Premises at the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement. b. If the Premises are damaged or destroyed as to render them uninhabitable, then either Landlord or Tenant shall have the right to terminate this Agreement as of the date on which such damage occurs, through written notice to the other Party to be given within ___________ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number of days, e.g., fifteen (◊ 15)] days of occurrence of such damage. However, if such damage should occur as the result of the conduct or negligence of Tenant or Tenant guests or invitees, Landlord only shall have the right to termination and Tenant shall be responsible for all losses, including, but not limited to, damage and repair costs as well as loss of rental income. 10. INSPECTION OF PREMISES. a. Landlord and Landlord's agents shall have the right at all reasonable times during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the Premises for the purpose of inspecting the Premises and all buildings and improvements thereon. And for the purposes of making any repairs, additions or alterations as may be deemed appropriate by Landlord for the preservation of the Premises or the building. The right of entry shall likewise exist for the purpose of removing placards, signs, fixtures, alterations or additions that do not conform to this Agreement or to any restrictions, rules or regulations affecting the Premises. b. Except in case of emergency, Landlord shall give Tenant reasonable Forty Eight (48) hours written notice of intent to enter. In order to facilitate Landlord’s right of access, Tenant shall not, without Landlord’s prior written consent, add, alter or re-key any locks to the Premises. Tenant further agrees to notify Landlord in writing if Tenant installs any burglar alarm system, including instructions on how to disarm it in case of emergency entry. 11. ANIMALS. [Instruction: Choose any one clause] Tenant shall be entitled to keep no more than ___________ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number, e.g., two (◊ 2)] domestic dogs, cats or birds. [Instruction: Choose this clause if tenant is allowed to keep pets in the premises] © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 5 Or Tenant agrees that, no animals, birds or other pets of any kind whatsoever shall be brought on the Premises without the prior written consent of Landlord. [Instruction: Choose this clause if tenant is not allowed to keep any pets in the premises] 12. LIQUID-FILLED FURNITURE. Tenant shall not use or have any liquid filled furniture on the Premises without Landlord’s prior written consent. 13. QUIET ENJOYMENT. Tenant shall be entitled to quiet enjoyment of the Premises. Tenant shall not use the Premises in such a way as to violate any law or ordinance, commit waste or nuisance or annoy, disturb, inconvenience or interfere with the quiet enjoyment of any other or nearby resident. 14. INSURANCE DISCLAIMERS. Tenant assumes full responsibility for all personal property placed, stored or located on or about the Premises. Tenant personal property is not insured by Landlord. Landlord recommends that Tenant obtain insurance to protect against risk of loss from harm to Tenant personal property. Landlord shall not be responsible for any harm to Tenant property resulting from fire, theft, burglary, strikes, riots, orders or acts of public authorities, acts of nature or any other circumstance or event beyond Landlord’s control. 15. INDEMNIFICATION. Tenant expressly releases Landlord from any and all liability for any damages or injury to Tenant, or any other person, or to any property, occurring on the Premises unless such damage is the direct result of the negligence or unlawful act of Landlord or Landlord’s agents. 16. POSSESSION OF THE PREMISES. The failure of Tenant to take possession of the Premises shall not relieve them of their obligation to pay rent. If Landlord is unable to deliver possession of the Premises for any reason not within Landlord’s control, Landlord shall not be liable for any damage caused thereby, nor will this Agreement be void or voidable, but Tenant shall not be liable for any rent until possession is delivered. If Landlord is unable to deliver possession within _______ (___) [Instruction: Insert the number of days, e.g., four (◊ 4)] days calendar days after the agreed commencement date, Tenant may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to Landlord, and shall receive a refund of all rent and security deposits paid. 17. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Tenant shall not keep on the Premises any item of a dangerous, flammable or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion on the Premises or © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 6 that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible insurance company. 18. UTILITIES. Tenant shall be responsible for arranging for and paying for all utility services required on the Premises. 19. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof shall, for any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this Agreement nor the application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances shall be affected thereby, but instead shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law. 20. GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed, construed and interpreted by, through and under the Laws of the State of Louisiana. 21. NON-WAIVER. No indulgence, waiver, election or non-election by Landlord under this Agreement shall affect Tenant's duties and liabilities hereunder. 22. CONDITIONS OF NEIGHBORHOOD. Landlord hereby advises Tenant to satisfy all of Tenant's requirements regarding the area and neighborhood conditions, including but not limited to schools, location and sufficiency of law enforcement, crime rate, proximity of registered offenders or felons, fire service and protection and other governmental services; availability, sufficiency and cost of any wired or wireless internet connections, or any other telecommunications or technology services; proximity to industrial, commercial or agricultural activities; existing and proposed construction, development and transportation that may affect noise, traffic or view; airport noise, or noise or odor from any source; domestic and wild animals; other nuisances, circumstances or hazards; cemeteries; condition of any facilities or common areas; conditions and influences of significance to certain cultures and/or religions; and personal needs, preferences and requirements of Tenant. 23. NOTICE. Any notice required or permitted under this lease or under state law shall be deemed sufficiently given or served if sent by United States certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed as follows: If to Landlord to: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 7 _____________________________________ _____________________________________ If to Tenant to: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Landlord and Tenant shall each have the right from time to time to change the place notice is to be given under this paragraph by written notice thereof to the other Party. 24. ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS. ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ [Instruction: Insert any additional provisions required and agreed by the Parties. Delete this clause if there are no such additional terms.] 25. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This document constitutes the Entire Agreement between the Tenant and Landlord. This Agreement cannot be modified except in writing and must be signed by all Parties. Neither Landlord nor Tenant has made any promises or representations, other than those set forth in this Agreement and those implied by law. The failure of Tenant or their guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement is grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to Tenant and procedures as required by law. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said Parties hereto have hereunto set their hands and seals as of the date first here above written. LANDLORD _____________________________________ [Instruction: Insert Signature of Landlord] _____________________________________________ [Instruction: Insert typed/printed name of Landlord] © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 8 TENANT ___________________________________ [Instruction: Insert Signature of Tenant] ___________________________________________ [Instruction: Insert typed/printed name of Tenant] © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 9 EXHIBIT A [Instruction: Insert address and details of the property] © Copyright 2011 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 10
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