Short Form Lease
This Short Form Lease Agreement can be used by a landlord to lease property to a
tenant. This document contains the essential terms of a lease agreement including the
rent amount, the term of the tenancy, and various tenant and landlord covenants. This
lease is in “short form” meaning that it contains all of the essential terms to bind the
parties without excessive legalese. This agreement is ideal for individuals or small
businesses that want a simple and straightforward lease agreement.
THIS LEASE AGREEMENT (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) is made and entered
into as of __________________, [Instructions: Insert the date of this agreement] by and
between ________________________ [Instructions: Insert the Landlord’s name] (hereinafter
referred to as the “Landlord”), of _________________________________ [Instructions: Insert
the Landlord’s address] and ________________________ [Instructions: Insert the Tenant’s
name] (hereinafter referred to as the “Tenant”), of _________________________________.
[Instructions: Insert the Tenant’s address]
WHEREAS, Landlord is the owner or manager of a premises located at
_______________________________ [Instructions: Insert the address of the premises
subject to this lease agreement] (hereinafter referred to as the “Premises”).
WHEREAS, Tenant desires to lease the Premises from Landlord; and subject to the terms and
conditions hereof, Landlord desires to lease the Premises to Tenant.
NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration the receipt of which is hereby
acknowledged by each party hereto, it is agreed as follows:
1. RENTAL AMOUNT
Commencing __________________, [Instructions: Insert the start date of the lease] Tenant
agrees to pay Landlord the sum of $________, [Instructions: Insert the monthly rental
amount] per month in advance on the __________________ [Instructions: Insert the day of
the month the rent is due. e.g. “first” or “fifth”] day of each month (the “Rent”). Said Rent
shall be delivered by Tenant to Landlord at the address specified in the first paragraph of this
Agreement. Rent must be actually received by Landlord in order to be considered in compliance
with the terms of this Agreement.
The Premises are leased for a lease term beginning on __________________ [Instructions:
Insert the start date of the lease] and continuing until __________________. [Instructions:
Insert the end date of the lease]
The Premises are leased on a month-to-month basis beginning on __________________
[Instructions: Insert the start date of the lease] and continuing for a month-to-month periodic
tenancy until terminated by either party upon providing thirty (30) days advance written notice to
the other party.
[Instructions: If the lease will be for a specific term that will begin on a certain date and end
on a certain date, use the first paragraph above and delete the second paragraph. If the
lease will be month-to-month, use the second paragraph and delete the first paragraph]
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3. SECURITY DEPOSIT
Tenant shall deposit with Landlord the sum of $________ [Instructions: Insert the security
deposit amount] as a security deposit to secure Tenant’s faithful performance of the terms of
this Agreement (the “Deposit”). Tenant may not use the Deposit for Rent owed during the lease
term. After the Tenant has vacated, leaving the Premises vacant, the Landlord may use the
Deposit for the cleaning of the Premises and repair any unusual wear and tear to the Premises or
common areas and any unused portions of the Deposit shall be promptly returned to Tenant in
accordance with applicable state laws.
4. INITIAL PAYMENT
Tenant shall pay the first month rent of $________, [Instructions: Insert the monthly rental
amount] and the Deposit in the amount of $________. [Instructions: Insert the security
deposit amount] Said payment shall be made in the form of cash or cashier’s check and is due
in full prior to occupancy.
5. SUBLETTING OR ASSIGNMENTS
The Tenant will not assign, set over, transfer, sublet, or sub-lease, hypothecate, encumber or in
any way deal with or part with the whole of the Premises to anyone, for or during the whole or
any part of this term, without written consent first being obtained from the Landlord, but such
consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
6. USE OF PREMISES
The parties hereto explicitly agree that the Premises shall be used for __________________.
[Instructions: Insert the permitted uses of the Premises. e.g. “residential purposes only” or
“commercial use”] The Premises may not be used for any other purpose without the express
written consent of the Landlord.
7. CONDITION OF PREMISES
Tenant acknowledges that the Premises have been inspected and the Premises have been cleaned
and all items, fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances are in complete working order. Tenant
covenants to keep the Premises in a neat and sanitary condition, normal wear and tear expected.
__________________ [Instructions: Insert whether the Tenant or Landlord is responsible
for utilities] shall pay for all utilities and/or services supplied to the Premises in a timely
9. LATE RENT/BAD CHECKS
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A late charge of $________ [Instructions: Insert the late charge amount] shall be incurred by
the Tenant if the Rent is not paid when due. If Tenant tenders a check which is dishonored by a
banking institution, then Tenant shall only tender cash or a cashier’s check for all future
10. LANDLORD’S RIGHT TO ENTER
Landlord may enter and inspect the Premises upon reasonable advance notice of at least
___________________ [Instructions: Insert the amount of notice Landlord must provide to
enter the Premises e.g. “24 hours”] to Tenant. Landlord is permitted to make all alterations,
repairs and maintenance that in Landlord’s judgment is necessary to perform.
Landlord’s failure to require compliance with the conditions of this Agreement, or to exercise
any right provided herein, shall not be deemed a waiver by Landlord of such condition or right.
If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the
validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
13. GOVERNING LAW
This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with, and governed in all respects by, the laws
of the State of __________________, [Instructions: Insert the state’s laws that will govern
this agreement] without regard to conflicts of law principles.
14. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
The foregoing Agreement, including any attachments incorporated by reference, constitutes the
entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any oral or written representations or
agreements that may have been made by either party.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the said parties hereto have hereunto set their hands and seals as of
the date first here above written.
____________ [Instructions: Insert name] ____________ [Instructions: Insert name]
Authorized Signatory Authorized Signatory
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