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California Lease Agreement basics

If you're renting out your property to a tenant, you'll want to make sure you have a written Lease Agreement signed before the tenant moves into the property. By signing a Lease Agreement, both the landlord and tenant are essentially putting the terms of their agreement to rent the property in writing.


Use the California Lease Agreement document if:

  • You're leasing residential property to a tenant in California.
  • You want to a rent a room to a tenant.
  • You want to lease residential property from a landlord who doesn't have a lease form.

Although there's no standard Lease Agreement, there are still some basic requirements that should be included in every lease. These include: the names of the landlord and tenant; the address of the property; the amount of rent; when the rent is due, who it should be paid to, and where it's to be paid; the amount and purpose of the security deposit; the amount of any late fee; whether pets are allowed; who's responsible for which utilities; and information about lead based paint on the property.

In California, there's also additional requirements that must be included in the lease. For example, In California the Lease Agreement must also include the following: the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord (or an agent of the landlord) who is authorized to receive notices; the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity who should receive rent payments; and the form in which rent payments must be made (for example, check or money order). Additionally, in California, the Lease Agreement must also include a written notice that the California Department of Justice provides information about specified registered sex offenders as well as an Asbestos Addendum, which addresses asbestos on the property, if any. All terms required by the State of California have already been included in the Lease Agreement.


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California Lease Agreement basics

Although there's no standard Lease Agreement, there are still some basic requirements that should be included in every lease. These include: the names of the landlord and tenant; the address of the property; the amount of rent; when the rent is due, who it should be paid to, and where it's to be paid; the amount and purpose of the security deposit; the amount of any late fee; whether pets are allowed; who's responsible for which utilities; and information about lead based paint on the property.

In California, there's also additional requirements that must be included in the lease. For example, In California the Lease Agreement must also include the following: the name, address, and telephone number of the landlord (or an agent of the landlord) who is authorized to receive notices; the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity who should receive rent payments; and the form in which rent payments must be made (for example, check or money order). Additionally, in California, the Lease Agreement must also include a written notice that the California Department of Justice provides information about specified registered sex offenders as well as an Asbestos Addendum, which addresses asbestos on the property, if any. All terms required by the State of California have already been included in the Lease Agreement.

Use the California Lease Agreement document if:
  • You're leasing residential property to a tenant in California.
  • You want to a rent a room to a tenant.
  • You want to lease residential property from a landlord who doesn't have a lease form.
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