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What is a Month-to-Month Lease?

A Month-to-Month Lease allows tenants to live in your rental property on a monthly basis, instead of committing to a one-year (or longer) lease. Similar to other lease agreements, a month-to-month rental agreement explains the rights and responsibilities of the landlord(s) and tenant(s) regarding a residential rental property, such as an apartment or a house.

Tenants with short-term or unclear rental needs may prefer a month-to-month lease to a one-year commitment. As a landlord, though, monthly leases may provide less income stability.


What does it mean to rent month-to-month?


Renting month-to-month gives tenants and landlords a flexible end date. The lease is renewed automatically each month and continues indefinitely until either party provides notice. Most states require a 30-day notice. 


How do I write a Month-to-Month Lease?


Making a free Month-to-Month Rental Agreement online is simple. Just answer a few questions, and Rocket Lawyer will build your document for you. The whole process can take less than 10 minutes. 

You'll need the following information: 

Rent guidelines

  • What amount of rent will be charged?
  • Will a security deposit be collected? If so, how much?
  • When are rent payments due and when is rent considered late?
  • How can payments be made?
  • What payment methods will be accepted?
  • What happens if the rent is late or a tenant's check bounces?
  • Who will pay for utilities?

House rules

  • What are the maintenance responsibilities of the tenant?
  • How long can any guests stay?
  • Will pets be allowed?

Other information

  • Who is responsible for property damage?
  • How can the tenant(s) request maintenance?
  • How much notice is required to end the lease?
  • How should notice be given?

How does a Month-to-Month Lease work?


A Month-to-Month Lease renews automatically each month, with no scheduled end date. The landlord or tenant may terminate the contract at will as long as either party provides proper notice. 


Is a 30-day notice required to end a month-to-month lease?


Many states require a 30-day notice to end a month-to-month tenancy. Exceptions exist, so make sure to check with your state’s laws in order to remain compliant. 


How much more can I charge for a month-to-month lease?


Landlords are more likely to charge higher rent for month-to-month leases to offset the higher risk for vacancy. Extra charges can range anywhere from $30 to $200 per month, depending on the surrounding market.

If you have questions before making your lease, ask a lawyer or check out more rental forms for landlords.


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