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Suited for usage in every region in the US, a Home Rental Agreement allows a home owner to define the terms of their arrangements with a renter. As a result of making this agreement with each other,... Read more

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Making a Home Rental Agreement

  • What is a House Rental Agreement?

    Suited for usage in every region in the US, a Home Rental Agreement allows a home owner to define the terms of their arrangements with a renter. As a result of making this agreement with each other, you and the tenant are more likely to share the same expectations. When ready, you can click "Make document" to check out our sample Rental Agreement for a house.

  • Is my Home Lease Agreement legally binding under state law?

    As with any other legal contract, Home Rental Agreements will not be legally binding until all parties have signed. Unlike a blank Home Rental Agreement template that you may find on another website, your rental contract comes with the option of Document Defense®, so an attorney can assess the situation and take action if you need to demand payment or have any other issue.

  • When is a Home Rental Agreement document right for me?

    No matter whom you are renting your property to, it's always important to keep track of each rental with a lease. Using this document could be a smart move for you because of the benefits outlined below:

    • There are no surprises about how long the tenancy lasts
    • Payment-related information is clearly defined
    • All parties know what they are responsible for

    Without a Home Lease Agreement, you and/or your tenant might experience the following unwanted issues: unpredictable changes, difficulty getting paid on time, and very little ability to make demands when disputes arise.

  • What should I include in a rental agreement?

    Your Home Rental Agreement should be tailored to meet any unusual or additional provisions of the agreement you reached with your tenant; however, some of the most common questions that should be answered in a Home Rental Agreement include:

    • How much is the monthly rent?
    • When and how must the rent be paid?
    • Is a security deposit required?
    • When does the rental period begin and end?
    • Who is responsible for repairs?
    • Who may live in the home?
    • Are pets allowed?
    • Is the tenant allowed to make changes to the property?
    • Can the tenant sublease the property?
    • What constitutes a default under the terms of the agreement?
    • What steps are required by either party if a dispute arises?
  • What should I include in a rental agreement for my home?

    To complete your Home Rental Agreement online, you'll need to prepare the following information in advance:

    • The address and description of your property
    • The lessee's contact information
    • What the start and end dates are for the rental
    • What amenities will be included
    • How rent payments should be made

    As you probably expect from a contract like this, any Home Rental Agreement that you make using Rocket Lawyer will also include guidelines around smoking and/or drug use, animals, past due payments, invited guests, and early move-out. While making your rental contract, you also will be able to add more details about furnishings, maintenance procedures, and insurance requirements. With the document tool, you have the power to implement additional customization, as needed.

  • Can I create a Rental Agreement for a house online for free?

    The great news is that you will not need to reinvent the wheel to get your lease in writing. When using Rocket Lawyer, you should feel empowered to make a free Home Rental Agreement with relative ease. Your agreement is constructed piece by piece, so you can feel confident that it contains the correct details that you'll need. Ordinarily, for this level of customization, you might end up paying a traditional lawyer a few hundred dollars, if not more, in fees.

  • Would I have to take additional actions once a Home Rental Contract is created?

    To turn this drafted document into a truly legal contract, you need to sign it, electronically or otherwise. RocketSign® can help make sure that everyone signs and has copies of your final agreement. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you also may make a copy of it, download it as a Word document or PDF file, or print it as needed. Also, feel free to take a look at our full repository of landlord-tenant documents.

  • How will local rental laws affect my agreement for a house rental?

    The law can change over time and it may vary from place to place. If you've got any doubts or questions in connection to local rental laws, ask a lawyer. Getting a second pair of eyes on your contract can take longer than you would expect if you try to do it on your own. An easier approach worth consideration is to go through the On Call network. Rocket Lawyer Premium members have the ability to ask for advice from an On Call attorney with real estate experience or get answers to additional legal questions. As a property owner, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.

Last reviewed or updated 08/26/2021

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