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What is a Furnished Apartment Lease Agreement?
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Furnished Apartment Lease
This Furnished Apartment Lease Agreement (this "Lease") is made effective as of , between ("Landlord"), and and the following tenants:
Subject to the terms and conditions stated below the parties agree as follows:
PREMISES. Landlord, in consideration of the lease payments provided in this Lease, leases to Tenant a bedroom apartment located at , , (the "Premises").
LIST OF FURNISHINGS. The described premises are leased furnished, to include all furnishings enumerated on the List of Furnishings, which is a part of this lease, signed by both parties and dated.
TERM. The lease term will begin on and will terminate on .
LEASE PAYMENTS. Tenant shall pay to Landlord monthly installments of per month, payable in advance on the first day of each month, for a total lease payment of . Lease payments shall be made to Landlord at , , , which address may be changed from time to time by Landlord.
Interest will be paid on this account as follows: percent, .
Upon the vacating of the premises for termination of the lease, Landlord shall have 15 days to return the security deposit together with interest if otherwise required, or in which to give Tenant written notice by certified mail to Tenant's last known mailing address of his or her intention to impose a claim on the deposit and the reason for imposing the claim. The notice shall contain a statement in substantially the following form:
This is a notice of my intention to impose a claim for damages in the amount of _____ upon your security deposit, due to _____. It is sent to you as required by Section 83.49(3), Florida Statutes. You are hereby notified that you must object in writing to this deduction from your security deposit within 15 days from the time you receive this notice or I will be authorized to deduct my claim from your security deposit. Your objection must be sent to (landlord's address).
If Landlord fails to give the required notice within the 15-day period, he or she forfeits the right to impose a claim upon the security deposit.
Unless Tenant objects to the imposition of Landlord's claim or the amount thereof within 15 days after receipt of Landlord's notice of intention to impose a claim, Landlord may then deduct the amount of his or her claim and shall remit the balance of the deposit to Tenant within 30 days after the date of the notice of intention to impose a claim for damages.
If either party institutes an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to adjudicate the party's right to the security deposit, the prevailing party is entitled to receive his or her court costs plus a reasonable fee for his or her attorney. The court shall advance the cause on the calendar.
Compliance with this section by an individual or business entity authorized to conduct business in this state, including Florida-licensed real estate brokers and salespersons, shall constitute compliance with all other relevant Florida Statutes pertaining to security deposits held pursuant to a rental agreement or other landlord-tenant relationship. Enforcement personnel shall look solely to this section to determine compliance. This section prevails over any conflicting provisions in Chapter 475 and in other sections of the Florida Statutes, and shall operate to permit licensed real estate brokers to disburse security deposits and deposit money without having to comply with the notice and settlement procedures contained in Section 475.25(1)(d).
To the Tenant: You must notify your Landlord in writing within 4 days after you move of a forwarding address where you can be reached and where you will receive mail; otherwise your Landlord shall be relieved of sending you an itemized list of damages and the penalties adherent to that failure.
POSSESSION. Tenant shall be entitled to possession on the first day of the term of this Lease, and shall yield possession to Landlord on the last day of the term of this Lease, unless otherwise agreed by both parties in writing. At the expiration of the term, Tenant shall remove its goods and effects and peaceably yield up the Premises to Landlord in as good condition as when delivered to Tenant, ordinary wear and tear excepted.
USE OF PREMISES/ABSENCES. Tenant shall occupy and use the Premises as a dwelling unit. Tenant shall notify Landlord of any anticipated extended absence of greater than seven (7) days from the Premises not later than the first day of the extended absence.
PROPERTY INSURANCE. Landlord and Tenant shall each be responsible to maintain appropriate insurance for their respective interests in the Premises and property located on the Premises.
MAINTENANCE. Landlord shall keep the following in good repair: roof, exterior walls, foundation, sewer, plumbing, heating, wiring, air conditioning, driveways, and sidewalks, except when such repairs are necessitated by the misuse or negligence of Tenant, its agents, employees or invitees, and all other maintenance responsibilities required by law. Tenant shall maintain the premises in a reasonable safe, serviceable, clean and presentable condition, and except for the repairs and replacements to be made by Landlord pursuant to the preceding sentence, shall make all repairs, replacements and improvements to the premises, including all changes, alterations or additions ordered by any lawfully constituted government authority directly related to Tenant's use of the premises. Tenant shall (a) comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety, (b) keep that part of the premises that Tenant occupies and uses as clean and safe as the condition of the premises permit, (c) dispose from the dwelling unit all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste in a clean and safe manner, (d) keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by Tenant as clean as their condition permits, (e) use in a reasonable manner all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances, (f) not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove a part of the premises, or knowingly permit a person to do so, and (g) conduct himself or herself in a manner that will not disturb a neighbor's peaceful enjoyment of the premises.
CONDITION OF FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS. Landlord has given an inventory of the furnishings which inventory has been signed by the Tenant and the Landlord. The furniture and other furnishing, appliances, equipment, and other personal property located on the Premises are in good condition and are accepted by Tenant "as is."
CARE OF THE FURNISHINGS. Tenant agrees to take good care of the furniture, carpets, draperies, appliances and other household goods, and the personal effects of Landlord, and further agrees that the Tenant will deliver up same to Landlord in good condition at the end of the term of this lease, normal wear and tear expected.
REPAIR OR REPLACE FURNISHINGS.
|a.||Tenant shall repair or replace, at Tenant's expense, all loss or damage to any of the listed furniture, carpets, draperies, appliances and other household goods, and personal effects of Landlord, whenever such damage or loss shall have resulted from Tenant's misuse, waste or neglect of said furnishings and personal effects of Landlord.|
|b.||Tenant further agrees to pay promptly any invoice presented by Landlord for items lost or damaged and/or requiring repair or replacement as a result of Tenants use of the premises.|
If Tenant does not make such repairs, Landlord may do so, the cost of which shall be Additional Rent.
UTILITIES AND SERVICES.
TAXES. Landlord shall pay all real estate taxes and assessments which may be levied against the Premises. Tenant shall be responsible for all personal taxes or assessments that result from the Tenant's use of the Premises.
TERMINATION UPON SALE OF PREMISES. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Lease, Landlord may terminate this lease upon sixty (60) days` written notice to Tenant that the Premises have been sold.
TERMINATION CLAUSE. Tenant may, upon days' written notice to Landlord, terminate this lease provided that the Tenant pays a termination charge equal to months' rent or the maximum allowable by law, whichever is less. Termination will be effective as of the last day of the calendar month following the end of the day notice period. Termination charge will be in addition to all rent due up to the termination day.
MILITARY TERMINATION CLAUSE. In the event, the Tenant is, or hereafter becomes, a member of the United States Armed Forces on extended active duty and hereafter the Tenant receives permanent change of station orders to depart from the area where the Premises are located, or is relieved from active duty, retires or separates from the military, or is ordered into military housing, then in any of these events, the Tenant may terminate this lease upon giving thirty (30) days written notice to the Landlord. The Tenant shall also provide to the Landlord a copy of the official orders or a letter signed by the tenant's commanding officer, reflecting the change, which warrants termination under this clause. The Tenant will pay prorated rent for any days (he/she) occupy the dwelling past the first day of the month. Any security deposit will be promptly returned to the tenant, provided there are no damages to the premises.
DESTRUCTION OR CONDEMNATION OF PREMISES. If the Premises are damaged or destroyed by fire or other casualty to the extent that enjoyment of the dwelling unit is substantially impaired, Landlord, in its sole discretion may elect to repair the Premises or terminate the Lease upon thirty (30) days' written notice to Tenant. If the Premises are condemned or cannot reasonably be repaired, this Lease will terminate upon twenty (20) days' written notice by either party. Tenant shall give Landlord immediate notice of any damage to the Premises.
HABITABILITY. Tenant has inspected the Premises and fixtures (or has had the Premises inspected on behalf of the Tenant), and acknowledges that the Premises are in a reasonable and acceptable condition of habitability for their intended use, and the agreed lease payments are fair and reasonable. If the condition changes so that, in Tenant's opinion, the habitability and rental value of the Premises are adversely affected, Tenant shall promptly provide reasonable notice to Landlord.
HOLDOVER. If Tenant maintains possession of the Premises for any period after the termination of this Lease ("Holdover Period"), Tenant shall pay to Landlord lease payment(s) during the Holdover Period at a rate equal to 150% of the most recent rate preceding the Holdover Period (or the maximum amount allowed by law if less). Such holdover shall constitute a month-to-month extension of this Lease.
CUMULATIVE RIGHTS. The rights of the parties under this Lease are cumulative, and shall not be construed as exclusive unless otherwise required by law.
NON-SUFFICIENT FUNDS. Tenant shall be charged (or the maximum amount allowable under applicable law if less) for each check that is returned to Landlord for lack of sufficient funds.
REMODELING OR STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS. Tenant shall be allowed to conduct any construction or remodeling (at Tenant's expense) only with the prior written consent of the Landlord. At the end of the lease term, Tenant shall be entitled to remove (or at the request of Landlord shall remove) such fixtures, and shall restore the Premises to substantially the same condition of the Premises at the commencement of this Lease.
ACCESS BY LANDLORD TO PREMISES. After providing reasonable advance notice, or with Tenant's consent, Landlord shall have the right to enter the Premises to make inspections, provide necessary services, or show the unit to prospective buyers, mortgagees, tenants or workers. However, Landlord does not assume any liability for the care or supervision of the Premises. As provided by law, in the case of an emergency, Landlord may enter the Premises without Tenant's consent. During the last three months of this Lease, or any extension of this Lease, Landlord shall be allowed to display the usual "To Let" signs and show the Premises to prospective tenants.
INDEMNITY REGARDING USE OF PREMISES. To the extent permitted by law, Tenant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Landlord from and against any and all losses, claims, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, if any, which Landlord may suffer or incur in connection with Tenant's possession, use or misuse of the Premises, except due to Landlord's negligent acts or omissions.
DANGEROUS MATERIALS. Tenant shall not have or keep on the Premises any article or thing of a dangerous, flammable, or explosive character that might substantially increase the danger of fire on the Premises, or that might be considered hazardous by a responsible insurance company, unless the prior written consent of Landlord is obtained and proof of adequate insurance protection is provided by Tenant to Landlord.
MECHANIC'S LIENS. Neither Tenant nor anyone claiming through Tenant shall have the right to file mechanic's liens or any other kind of lien on the Premises. Further, Tenant agrees to (i) give actual advance notice to any contractors, subcontractors or suppliers of goods, labor or services that such liens will not be valid, and (ii) take whatever additional steps that are necessary in order to keep the premises free from all liens resulting from construction done by or for the Tenant.
SUBORDINATION OF LEASE. This Lease is subordinate to any mortgage that now exists, or may be given later by Landlord, with respect to the Premises.
ASSIGNABILITY/SUBLETTING. Tenant may not assign or sublease any interest in the Premises, nor assign, mortgage or pledge this Lease, without the prior written consent of Landlord.
NOTICE. All notices shall be given to the parties, in the case of Tenant, to the address of the premises, and in the case of Landlord, to the place at which rent is then being paid. Without prejudice to any other method of notifying a party in writing or making a demand or other communication, such notice shall be considered received on the third day after it is deposited in the U.S. Mail, registered or certified, properly addressed, return receipt requested, and postage prepaid.
GOVERNING LAW. This Lease shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the
ENTIRE AGREEMENT/AMENDMENT. This Lease contains the entire agreement of the parties and there are no other promises, conditions, understandings or other agreements, whether oral or written, relating to the subject matter of this Lease. This Lease may be modified or amended in writing, if the writing is signed by the party obligated under the amendment.
SEVERABILITY. If any portion of this Lease shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Lease is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
WAIVER. The failure of either party to enforce any provisions of this Lease shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Lease.
BINDING EFFECT. The provisions of this Lease shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of both parties and their respective legal representatives, successors and assigns.
FURNISHED APARTMENT LEASE
LIST OF FURNISHINGS CHECKLIST
Tenant has inspected the Premises and states that the Premises include the following furnishings in satisfactory condition, free of defects, except as noted below:
(i) __X__ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing (explain):
(ii) _____ Landlord has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
(i) _____ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing (explain): ______________________________________________
(ii) __X__ Landlord has no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
(i) __X__ Landlord has provided the tenant with all available records and reports pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents):
(ii)_____ Landlord has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
(i) _____ Landlord has provided the tenant with all available records and reports pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents): ______________________________________________
(ii)__X__ Landlord has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
|_____||Attach a copy of the Apartment Rules and Regulations, if applicable. Also attach the list of furnishings with their values which is leased along with the apartment.|
|_____||The Landlord and Tenant (and any Agent) must sign the Disclosure of Lead-Based Paint (for pre-1978 Properties).|
|_____||The Inspection Checklist should be signed by the Landlord(s) and Tenant(s) after conducting the inspection.|
and the Inspection Checklist
|_____||The Landlord is required to give the Tenant a copy of the Environmental Protection Agency's pamphlet entitled "Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home."|
|*||The Landlord is required by federal law to keep the signed copy of the Disclosure of Lead-Based Paint for a minimum of three years as proof of compliance with the rules.|
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As with any other legal agreement, Furnished Apartment Leases are not legally binding until they are signed by the landlord and all tenants. When you use Rocket Lawyer, you are not just filling out a Furnished Apartment Lease template or fillable PDF; you're making an entirely customizable and digital document. In case you ever require support from an attorney in the event of nonpayment or another issue, your membership provides the optional benefit of Document Defense® for added protection.
Even if you are just starting out, it's always valuable to record the details of each rental in a lease. Using a Furnished Apartment Lease could be a smart move for you because of these benefits:
A few outcomes from not signing one may include late or unpaid fees, damaged property, unauthorized tenants, and unplanned move-out dates.
Specifics that you will need to add to your document are:
As you might hope with a document like this one, any Furnished Apartment Lease built with Rocket Lawyer will also include policies around smoking and/or narcotics, overdue rent, guests, pets, and moving out before the lease ends. During the process of making your document, you also will be able to add more details about maintenance procedures, furnishings, and insurance requirements. Additional personalization is allowed, if necessary.
Each Rocket Lawyer document is vetted by lawyers and legal staff, so you can feel confident when using them to manage legal matters. To get started, just share more details about the tenancy in a guided interview, and we'll handle the rest. It may help to have your document checked by an Rocket Lawyer network attorney before signing it. This solution, in many cases, would end up being much less expensive and less time-consuming than hiring your average lawyer, whose hourly fees might range anywhere between a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the complexity of the matter.
Attached to each Furnished Apartment Lease, there's a set of helpful tips to follow while finalizing your document. You also can engage with the contract in any or all of these ways: making edits, downloading it in PDF format or as a Word document, printing it, and/or signing it with RocketSign®. Most importantly, as a best practice, you should give a copy of your fully signed contract to your tenant. You should also feel free to take a look at our larger collection of contracts and other documents .
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