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Landlords and their tenants often use Apartment Leases for the purpose of documenting the details of a new tenancy. Signing this contract can help everyone to avoid possible disagreements. You can... Read more

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  • What is an Apartment Lease Agreement?

    Landlords and their tenants often use Apartment Leases for the purpose of documenting the details of a new tenancy. Signing this contract can help everyone to avoid possible disagreements. You can click the button that says "Make document" to check out our sample Apartment Lease and see what information you'll need to provide to build your lease.

  • What does it mean to lease an apartment and is it different from renting?

    Leasing an apartment is another way of saying you are renting out an apartment. The lease is simply the name of the legal document that outlines the terms of the rental arrangement.

  • Will this Apartment Rental Agreement be legally binding under local law?

    As with any legal agreement, Apartment Leases will not be legally binding until everyone has signed. Unlike a blank Apartment Lease template that you might download elsewhere, your rental contract comes with the option of Document Defense®, so an attorney can reach out on your behalf if you don't get paid or experience another issue.

  • Should I make an Apartment Rental Lease Agreement each time that I bring on a new tenant?

    Whether or not the rental is short- or long-term, having a record of any agreement with those renting from you is key. The benefits outlined below might help to persuade you:

    • Roles and responsibilities are understood by everyone
    • Lease start and end dates are agreed upon
    • Rent payment requirements are well-defined

    Some outcomes from not having this document in place include unauthorized usage, property damage, unplanned move-out dates, and unpaid fees.

  • How does an Apartment Lease work?

    An Apartment Lease outlines the terms of a rental. Key details that may be necessary to include are:

    • The apartment's address and a basic description
    • Contact information for the landlord and/or property manager and for the tenant(s)
    • What the start and end dates are for the tenancy
    • The security deposit amount, monthly rent, and how payments should be made
    • What type of utilities and/or services will be included

    As usual, the Apartment Lease will also contain policies related to pets/animals, smoking, overdue payments, visitors, subletting, and early move-out. In the process of building your document, you'll also be able to include more specifics about furnishings, parking and storage, insurance requirements, maintenance procedures and other disclosures. With the document tool, you have the power to implement more personalized editing, if necessary.

  • Where can I make a custom lease for an apartment?

    The good news is that you do not have to start from scratch when putting your agreement in writing. With Rocket Lawyer, any landlord is able to make a free Apartment Lease with ease. Your contract will be assembled section by section, so you can be certain that it has all of the relevant information within. Typically, given the level of personalization, you could ultimately end up paying a conventional attorney a few hundred dollars, if not more, in fees.

  • What needs to happen once I write my Apartment Rental Contract?

    When you're finished making this Apartment Lease with the help of Rocket Lawyer, you'll have the ability to see it at any time and place. You also can take any or all of the following actions related to your document: editing it, adding electronic signatures using RocketSign®, printing it out, and/or saving it in PDF format or as a Word document. Your Apartment Lease has its own set of helpful tips on what to do next. Make sure to provide a copy of your fully signed contract to the tenant. You might also like to explore the other real estate documents in our library.

  • How do local property rental laws impact my Apartment Lease Contract?

    The law is continually evolving and it can be different based on your particular municipality. If you have any particular concerns or questions related to local property rental laws, you can always ask a lawyer. Depending on whom you ask, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review documents that they didn't author. A better approach worth consideration is to request help from the On Call network. If you become a Premium member, you have the ability to ask for guidance from an On Call attorney with experience in landlord-tenant matters or ask additional legal questions related to your Apartment Rental Lease Agreement. As always, we are here for you.

Last reviewed or updated 04/22/2022

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