This Residential Lease Agreement is used by a landlord to lease a residential property
to a tenant. This document contains the material terms of the lease agreement
including the rent amount, the term of the tenancy, security deposit, and various tenant
and landlord covenants. The agreement can provide for tenancy to last month to month
or year to year. This document provides standard clauses commonly used in lease
agreements, but it may be customized to ensure that the specific understandings of the
parties are properly set forth. This lease agreement is intended for use by a landlord
when entering into a residential lease.
RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT
This Residential Lease Agreement (this “Agreement”) is hereby made, in duplicate, on this ____
day of _____, _______ by and between __________________ (“Landlord”) and
WITNESSETH, that, in consideration of the rents, covenants, and agreements hereinafter
reserved on the part of Tenant, its heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns to be
paid, observed, and performed, Landlord hereby leases unto Tenant, its heirs, executors,
administrators, successors, and assigns for use and occupation as residential premises and for no
other purpose, all those certain premises known municipally as _____________________ (the
“Premises”) upon the following terms and conditions:
1.00 To have and to hold the Premises for and during the term of __________ (____)
months/years beginning on the ____ day of _____, ______ and ending on the _____ day of
_____________, 20____ (the “Term”).
2.00 Yielding and paying unto Landlord during the said Term the sum of ________________
dollars ($__________) to be payable, in equal consecutive monthly installments of
______________ dollars ($__________), in advance of the ______ (___) day of each and every
month during the said Term.
3.00 Tenant covenants and agrees to deliver rent payments to Landlord by the date due. If rent
payments are not received by the date due, a collection charge of ________ dollars ($_____), in
addition to the monthly rent, shall become due and payable on the ______ (__) day after the due
date. In addition, for each check not honored by the financial institution upon which it is drawn,
a collection charge of __________ dollars ($_______), in addition to the monthly rent shall,
become immediately due and payable.
4.00 Landlord and Tenant mutually covenant and agree that whenever, in this Agreement,
notice is required to be given by either Landlord or Tenant to the other, the same shall be in
writing and, except as otherwise provided, be deemed sufficiently given if mailed postage
prepaid and registered mail to Tenant at the Premises and to Landlord at:
______________________. Notice so given shall be deemed received by the addressee on the
______ postal delivery day following the date on which it is so mailed.
5.00 Tenant covenants and agrees to pay rent, maintain the Premises in an ordinary state of
cleanliness, and repair any damage caused to the Premises by its willful or negligent conduct or
that of persons Tenant permits to be on the Premises. Tenant further covenants that, upon
termination of this Agreement, Tenant shall leave the Premises in an ordinary state of cleanliness
and in the same condition as now exists, reasonable wear and tear excepted.
6.00 Tenant covenants and agrees that it shall be Tenant’s sole responsibility to pay for the
following utilities required for the Premises: _____________________. Tenant further
covenants and agrees to hold Landlord harmless for all accounts aforesaid including arrears and
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7.00 Tenant covenants and agrees that it shall promptly notify Landlord of any repairs
required to be made by Landlord and that Landlord shall be permitted to enter the Premises for
the purposes of viewing and making any such repairs. Landlord shall be permitted a reasonable
time within which to make any such repairs that are necessary.
8.00 Tenant covenants and agrees not to assign or sublet this Agreement without written
permission of Landlord.
9.00 Landlord covenants with Tenant for quiet enjoyment.
10.00 Tenant covenants and agrees that it shall not, at any time during the Term, use or permit
the use of the Premises for any business or for any purpose other than as its own residential
Premises and shall not permit a nuisance to occur with respect to the use of the Premises.
11.00 Tenant covenants and agrees that, in the event the Premises are abandoned or vacated by
Tenant, Landlord, in addition to all other rights, shall have the right to enter the Premises, re-let
the Premises, and receive the rent there for; provided that, if the rent hereunder is overdue and
the Premises are vacant, it shall be presumed that Tenant has vacated or abandoned the Premises
and Landlord shall be entitled to take immediate possession thereof. Nothing in this Agreement
and no entry made by Landlord hereunder shall in any way release Tenant for payment of the
rent hereby reserved during the Term hereof beyond such sum as may be realized by Landlord by
the re-letting hereinbefore allowed.
12.00 Tenant covenants and agrees that Landlord shall not be liable or responsible in any way
(a) Any personal injury or death that may be sustained by Tenant, members of its
family, guests, visitors, and invitees or any other person who may be upon the