This is a document that creates a rental agreement between a landlord and a tenant for
the rental of a room in a boardinghouse. This document includes a room description,
the rate charged, the rental term, late charges, and the security deposit. Additionally,
this document provides that the landlord has given the tenant the rules of the
boardinghouse. This document can be used by individuals or entities that want to rent a
room in a boardinghouse to tenants.
ROOMING HOUSE RENTAL AGREEMENT
This Rooming Room Rental Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made and effective this
__________ day of __________, _____ by and between ________________ of
____________________________ (hereinafter “Landlord”) and ________________ of
__________________________ (hereinafter “Tenant”).
Landlord hereby rents to Tenant and Tenant accepts in its present condition the room known as
_____________ [DESCRIPTION OF ROOM OR ROOM NUMBER] (hereinafter the “Room”),
which forms part of the premises located at ________________________________________
[ADDRESS] (hereinafter the “Premises”).
Utilities, including gas, electric, and water are provided and paid for by Landlord on the
Premises. However, Tenant agrees to keep personal energy and water consumption within
reasonable limits and to take all measures and make all efforts that a prudent tenant would make
to reduce wasteful overuse and to conserve energy and resources.
The term of this Agreement shall commence on the __________ day of __________, _____
(hereinafter “Start Date”) and shall continue for a period of __________ [AMOUNT IN
WORDS] (___ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) months, ending on the __________ day of
__________, _____ (hereinafter “End Date”). Thereafter, this Agreement shall automatically
renew on a month-to-month basis, unless terminated by either party giving thirty (30) days
written notice to the other party
For the term of this Agreement, Tenant shall pay to Landlord a sum of __________ [AMOUNT
IN WORDS] dollars ($_________ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) (hereinafter the “Rent”) per
month in advance on the first day of each calendar month (hereinafter the “Due Date”), at
____________________________ [LANDLORD’S ADDRESS], or at such other place as
Landlord may designate. Rent will be prorated if the term does not start on the first day of the
month or for any other partial month of the term.
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LATE PAYMENT CHARGES
If Tenant fails to pay the Rent in full on the Due Date, Landlord may impose a late payment
charge of __________ [AMOUNT IN WORDS] dollars ($_________ [AMOUNT IN
NUMERALS]) per day for each additional day that the Rent continues to be unpaid.
4. SECURITY DEPOSIT.
Upon execution of this Agreement, Tenant shall pay Landlord a Security Deposit of __________
[AMOUNT IN WORDS] dollars ($_________ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]), as security for
the performance by Tenant of the terms of this Agreement. Upon the termination of this
Agreement, this Security Deposit will be returned to Tenant without interest following the full
and faithful performance by Tenant of this Agreement. In the event of any damage to the Room
or any unpaid utility charges caused by Tenant or Tenant’s agents or visitors, Landlord may
withhold only that portion of Tenant’s Security Deposit necessary:
(a) to remedy any default by Tenant in the payment of rent or unpaid phone or utility charges
incurred by Tenant
(b) to repair damages to the Room or the Premises exclusive of ordinary wear and tear, and/or
(c) to clean the Room if necessary. If the Room is left in a clean and acceptable condition by
Tenant, the entire deposit will be returned on the day of departure.
Dishonored Check Charges
In the event any check offered by Tenant to Landlord in payment of Rent or any other amount
due under this Agreement is returned for lack of sufficient funds or a closed or nonexistent
account, Tenant shall pay to Landlord a dishonored check charge in the amount of __________
[AMOUNT IN WORDS] dollars ($_________ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]).
5. QUIET ENJOYMENT.
Landlord agrees that if Tenant timely pays the Rent and performs all other obligations under this
Agreement, Landlord will not interfere with Tenant’s peaceful use and enjoyment of the Room.
6. USE OF PREMISES.
The Room shall be used and occupied by Tenant exclusively as a private residence only.
Without the prior written consent of Landlord, Tenant shall not use the Room, at any time during
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the term of this Agreement, for the purpose of carrying on any business, profession, or trade of
any kind, or for any purpose other than as a private residence.
Tenant agrees that the Room shall be occupied solely by Tenant and his family. Any guests may
stay up to __________ [AMOUNT IN WORDS] (___ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) days per
month for no additional charge. Tenant agrees to pay Landlord __________ [AMOUNT IN
WORDS] dollars ($_________ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS]) per day for any stay by a guest
which is longer than __________ [AMOUNT IN WORDS] (___ [AMOUNT IN NUMERALS])
8. CONDITION OF PREMISES.
A. Tenant agrees that Tenant has examined the Room, including flooring, drapes, and paint, and
that they are, at the time of execution of this Agreement, to be in good order, good repair, safe,
clean, and habitable condition.
B. Tenant agrees to keep the Room in good order and repair, and, upon termination of tenancy,
to return the Room to Landlord in the same condition as it existed when Tenant took occupancy,
except for ordinary wear and tear. Tenant further agrees to immediately notify Landlord of any
defects or dangerous conditions in and about the Room of which Tenant becomes aware, and to
reimburse Landlord for the cost of any repairs to the Room damaged by Tenant, or Tenant’s
agents, guests or invitees.
9. ASSIGNMENT AND SUBLETTING.
Tenant shall not assign this Agreement, or sublet or grant any license to use the Room to any
person or entity without first obtaining Landlord's prior written consent. Any such assignment,
subletting, or license without the prior written consent of Landlord shall be void and, at Landlord
may at its option terminate this Agreement.
10. ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS.
Tenant shall make no alterations, changes, additions, or improvements to the Room without the
prior written consent of Landlord. Any such alterations, changes, and improvements built,
constructed, or placed on the Premises by Tenant, shall, unless otherwise provided by written
agreement between Landlord and Tenant, be the property of Landlord and remain at the
expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.
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11. DAMAGE TO PREMISES.
If the Room or any part of the Premises is damaged or destroyed by fire or by any other casualty
to the extent that enjoyment of the Room is substantially impaired, Tenant may:
(i) immediately vacate the Room and terminate this Agreement by providing a notice to the
(ii) if continued occupancy is lawful, vacate only that part of the Room which is rendered
unusable by the fire or casualty, in which case the Rent shall be reduced in proportion to the
decrease in the fair rental value of the Room.
If this Agreement is terminated due to damages caused by fire or casualty, Landlord shall return
to Tenant all prepaid Rent and security deposit
12. DANGEROUS MATERIALS.
Tenant shall not keep on the Premises, any article or thing of a dangerous, inflammable, or
explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or that might be
Tenant shall not keep any domestic or any other pet animals in or about the Premises without the
prior written consent of Landlord.
Landlord reserves the right to enter Tenant's room for the following reasons:
(a) in case of emergency;
(b) to make necessary or agreed-upon repairs, decorations, or improvements, or to show the
Room to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers, or contractors;
(c) when Tenant has abandoned or surrendered the Room; or
(d) pursuant to court order.
Landlord must give Tenant written twenty-four (24) hours notice of intent to enter and may enter
only during normal business hours, except in case of an emergency.
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19. SURRENDER OF PREMISES.
Upon expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement, Tenant shall quit and surrender the
Room in as good a condition as it was at the commencement of this Agreement, reasonable wear
and tear and damages excepted.
If at any time during the term of this Agreement, Tenant abandons the Room for a period of two
(2) consecutive weeks, Landlord may enter the Room by any means without liability for
damages and may re-let the Room, and may receive and collect all rent payable by virtue of such
re-letting. Landlord may also dispose of any of Tenant’s abandoned personal property as
Landlord deems appropriate, without liability to Tenant.
7. MAINTENANCE BY LANDLORDS
a. Comply with all applicable laws and building codes materially affecting health and safety of
Tenant and his family members.
b. Make all repairs and keep the Room in a fit and habitable condition.
c. Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary,
heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and other utilities, facilities, and appliances supplied by
d. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the collection and removal
of garbage, rubbish, and other wastes. Tenant must arrange for removal of said garbage, rubbish,
and other waste. Landlord shall not be liable for any injury caused by any objects or materials,
which belong to, or which have been placed by, Tenant in the common areas of the Premises
used by Tenant.
8. RESPONSIBILITIES OF TENANTS
a. comply with all the health and sanitary laws, ordinances, rules, and orders of appropriate
governmental authorities with respect to the Room.
b. Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon Tenants by applicable provisions of
building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety.
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c. Keep the Premises occupied by Tenant as clean and safe as the condition of the Premises
d. Dispose all rubbish, snow, garbage, and other waste in a clean and safe manner. Tenants shall
also care for lawn, except for mowing. Landlord will mow lawn.
e. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the rooming units or those used by Tenants as clean as their
f. Use in a reasonable manner all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air
conditioning, and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, in the premises.
g. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair, or remove a part of the
premises, or knowingly permit a person to do so.
h. Conduct himself in a manner not to disturb any other tenant’s peaceful enjoyment of the
9. RULES FOR TENANTS
All existing rules concerning Tenant’s use and occupancy of the premises have been furnished to
Tenant in writing. Additionally, Landlord, from time to time, may adopt rules, however
described, concerning Tenant’s use and occupancy of the Premises.
Tenant agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified Landlord from and against all actions suits,
proceedings, costs claims, damages, and demands whatsoever brought or prosecuted against
Landlord for or on account of loss of life, injury, or damage to the persons or property suffered
or sustained in consequence of the act, negligence, or default of Tenant, his guests, friends,
relatives, or invitees on the Room.
18. No Liability for Personal Property
Neither Landlord nor Landlord’s representatives shall be responsible for the return of or the
value of any items of personal property that are not removed from the rented premises at the end
of the rental period by Tenants, their guests, or invitees. In the event that any item of Tenant’s
personal property is recovered from the rented premises after the end of the rental period, then
Landlord or Landlord’s representative shall be responsible to retain possession of such items for
a period of thirty (30) days only after the end of the rental period, after which time the items shall
be disposed of.
19. Force Majeure
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Landlord is not liable for factors outside Landlord’s control. Factors outside Landlor’'s control,
including but not limited to road work, construction, or farming, and any noise resulting
therefrom, that may impact directly or indirectly the subject premises.
If any part or parts of this Agreement shall be held unenforceable for any reason, the remainder
of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
Tenant acknowledges that Landlord will not provide insurance coverage for Tenant’s property,
nor shall Landlord be responsible for any loss of Tenant’s property, whether by theft, fire, acts of
God, or otherwise.
25. BINDING EFFECT.
The covenants and conditions contained in the Agreement shall apply to and bind the heirs, legal
representatives, and permitted assigns of the parties.
26. GOVERNING LAW.
It is agreed that this Agreement shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance
with the laws of the State of ________________________.
27. ENTIRE AGREEMENT.
This Agreement shall constitute the entire integrated agreement between the parties. Any prior
understanding or representation of any kind preceding the date of this Agreement is hereby
superseded. This Agreement may be modified only by a writing signed by both Landlord and
Any notice required or otherwise given pursuant to this Agreement shall be in writing; hand
delivered, mailed certified return receipt requested, postage prepaid, or delivered by overnight
delivery service, if to Tenant, at the Room and if to Landlord, at the address for payment of rent.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed the day and
year first above written.
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