Make your Free
California Lease Agreement

  • Answer simple questions to make your document
  • Sign & share your document online
  • Save progress and finish on any device; download & print at home

How it works

  • Build your
  • Save, print
    & share
  • Sign it &
    Make it legal
Sample California Lease Agreement Form Template
How it Works
Build your Document
Save, Print & Share
Sign it & make it legal


rocket lawyer 5 star rating

Kasia M.

"Rocket Lawyer is a helpful tool for professionals who need legal documents at an affordable price."

California Lease Agreement basics

If you are a property owner or manager of a rental unit in California, make a Lease Agreement to get the details of your arrangement with a tenant in writing.

How do I make a renter's lease?

You can use Rocket Lawyer's free California Rental Agreement if:

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

While there's no single standard lease template, there are some basic requirements that should be included in every rental contract. These include:

  • The names of the landlord and tenant(s)
  • The address of the property
  • The amount of rent
  • When the rent is due and how it should be paid
  • The amount of the security deposit
  • An explanation of grace periods or late fees
  • Whether pets are allowed
  • Who's responsible for which utilities
  • Information about lead based paint on the property

Is a verbal rental agreement legally binding in California?

While verbal agreements may be legally binding, the terms are very difficult to prove. With that in mind, it is in both parties' best interests to sign a written rental agreement.

How long can you lease in California?

California does not have a limitation in place for residential leases. Thus, you can lease for as long as the tenant and landlord agree. Additionally, in some cases landlords may be willing to negotiate a slightly lower monthly rent in exchange for a longer lease period.

Can you break a lease in California?

The terms under which you can break a lease in California without facing a penalty should be included in the terms of your lease agreement. Typically, there is a clause regarding an early termination fee. If your landlord is unable to find a replacement tenant, you may be legally obligated to pay the rent owed for the remainder of the lease.

There are additional circumstances under which you may legally break your lease, including:

  • If you are a victim of abuse (certain conditions)
  • The unit is somehow illegal
  • The unit is deemed unsafe
  • You start active military duty

There may be other circumstances that allow for you to legally break a lease, which can be decided on a case-by-case basis. If you need more explanation of your options, talk to a lawyer.

Read {{ showMore ? 'Less' : 'More' }}

Sample California Lease Agreement

More than just a template, our step-by-step interview process makes it easy to create a California Lease Agreement.

Save, sign, print, and download your document when you are done.

Get legal advice

From Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorneys.

Characters remaining: 600

Ready to make your Free California Lease Agreement?

Your document is free within your one week membership trial.

Meet ALL your legal needs with a Rocket Lawyer membership.
Document Defense®
Have an attorney ready to defend your document
Document Review
Review up to 6 documents a year with an attorney
Ask a Lawyer
Get 2 Q&A sessions with an attorney every month
1-on-1 Legal Advice
Enjoy 30-minute consultations  on each new legal matter
Exclusive Discounts
Save on additional legal services from our nationwide network of lawyers
Unlimited Documents
Access hundreds of legal documents, plus extra features like electronic signatures