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What is a Minnesota Lease Agreement?

Minnesota Lease Agreements normally are designed to record the agreed-upon terms for a tenancy. Signed by both the property owner or manager and the tenant, this document helps define each party's expectations. You can tap or click on "Make document" to check out the Minnesota Rental Contract sample and see what information you'll need to generate your lease. Suitable for renting out any type of residential property, this rental agreement for Minnesota can be used by property owners in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, and every additional city or town in the North Star State.

When to use a Minnesota Lease Agreement:

  • You're entering into a lease as the landlord or tenant in Minnesota.
  • You want to document the terms of your agreement.

Is my Minnesota Lease Contract legally binding?

As with any legal contract, a Minnesota Rental Agreement will not be legally binding until everyone has signed it. Unlike the other sites that you might stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than any run-of-the-mill Minnesota Lease Agreement template or fillable PDF that you could download elsewhere. In the event of missed payments or any other issue related to your Minnesota Rental Contract, your Rocket Lawyer membership provides the optional benefit of Document Defense® protection.

Why would a landlord make a Minnesota Rental Agreement?

Even if you are offering the rental as a favor, having documentation of any commitments to those renting from you is important. Using this document could be good for you due to the following list of benefits:


  • There are no surprises about how long the rental period lasts
  • Rent-related information is clearly defined
  • Roles and responsibilities are understood by everyone


Ultimately, if you and/or your renter fail to sign a Minnesota Lease Contract, neither party will get to enjoy any of the benefits that come along with having one.

How should a Residential Lease Agreement template for Minnesota be structured?

Specifics to cover are:


  • The address and description of the property
  • Your tenant's contact information
  • What utilities and/or amenities will be provided
  • How long the tenancy will last
  • What rent and other fees will be charged and when they are due


Your document will also include legal language related to smoking and/or drug use, invited visitors, overdue payments, pets/animals, and moving out before the lease ends. During the process of building your rental contract, you'll also have the ability to include information about furnishings, insurance requirements, and maintenance procedures. With the Rocket Lawyer document tool, you have the power to implement further custom edits, if needed.

How much would I typically pay for a lawyer to create a Minnesota Lease Agreement?

The fees associated with working with a law firm could add up to several hundred dollars or thousands. When you use Rocket Lawyer, every Minnesota Lease Agreement that you create will be tailored to you and your specific needs. Simply click the button that says "Make document" to start the process. If you'd like, you may also consider asking an attorney in our Rocket Lawyer attorney network to look at it for you after generating it.

What happens after creating a Minnesota Lease Contract?

Alongside each Minnesota Lease Agreement, there is a checklist of recommended steps you should take to finalize your document. Feel free to engage with the contract in all of the following ways: making edits, printing it, saving it as a PDF document or Word file, and/or signing it electronically with RocketSign®. Most importantly, you will need to send a copy of the signed contract to the other party. You might also like to check out our entire selection of real estate legal documents.

How do Minnesota rental laws impact my lease?

In Minnesota, if the lease is to last more than one year, state law requires that the rental terms be set forth in writing to be valid. Beyond requirements, however, having a written document can help if there are disagreements in the future. Nevertheless, rental laws are continually evolving and they vary from city to city. If you've got any questions or concerns about Minnesota rental laws, you can ask a lawyer. Getting a second opinion on your contract may take longer than you would expect if you attempt to do it alone. Another approach worth consideration is to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. Premium members are able to ask for feedback from an attorney with experience in landlord-tenant matters or ask other questions. As a property owner, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.

Is Minnesota a good place for rental properties?

The reply may depend on your needs; but, regardless of where you are, there are several factors to note as you decide whether or not renting out property is right for you. These may include the following: the scope of tenants' rights, restrictions on deposit amounts, mandatory disclosures, how hard an eviction could be, and, of course, the amount of property taxes. This being said, Minnesota is home to schools like the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas as well as tourist destinations like the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe, and the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, so there is no shortage of potential visitors and tenants if you're close to them.

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Residential Lease Agreement


This Lease Agreement (the "Agreement") is made and entered on (the "Effective Date") by and between (the "Landlord") and the following tenants:



(the "Tenant")


Subject to the terms and conditions stated below the parties agree as follows:


. Property. Landlord, in consideration of the lease payments provided in this Agreement, leases to Tenant a house


. Term. This Agreement will begin on (the "Start Date") and will terminate on (the "Termination Date").


Tenant will vacate the Property upon termination of the Agreement, unless: (i) Landlord and Tenant have extended this Agreement in writing or signed a new agreement; (ii) mandated by local rent control law; or (iii) Landlord accepts Rent from Tenant (other than past due Rent), in which case a month-to-month tenancy will be created which either party may terminate All other terms and conditions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.


. Management.



. Rent. There will be no rent increases through the initial term of the lease. Landlord may increase the rent that will be paid during any month-to-month renewal period by providing at least 30 days written notice to Tenant.


Payments should be sent to:


Payment address: , or at such other place as Landlord may designate from time to time.


Payments can be made by using one of the following methods of payment:


Acceptable forms of payment:



Tenant agrees to submit rent payments by one of the methods above. In the event of roommates, or another form of joint or multiple occupancy, Tenant will be responsible for collecting payment from all parties and submitting a single payment to Landlord. Tenant is responsible for any payment made by mail and not received by the due date stated herein. Mailed payments must be received on or before the due date. Rent payments for any partial month will be pro-rated at the rate of 1/30th of the monthly rent payment per day.


. Non-Sufficient Funds. Tenant will be charged a monetary fee of $20 as reimbursement of the expenses incurred by Landlord for each check that is returned to Landlord for lack of sufficient funds. In addition, a check returned due to insufficient funds will be subject to any and all late payments provisions included in this Agreement (if any). All charges will be immediately due from Tenant and failure to make immediate payment will constitute a default under the terms of this Agreement.


Landlord reserves the right to demand future payments by cashier's check, money order or certified funds on all future payments in the event of a check returned for insufficient funds. Nothing in this paragraph limits other remedies available to the Landlord as a payee of a dishonored check. Landlord and Tenant agree that three (3) returned checks in any 12 month period constitutes frequent return of checks due to insufficient funds and may be considered a just cause for eviction.


. Failure to Pay. Tenant is hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on Tenant's credit history may be submitted to a credit reporting agency if Tenant fails to fulfill the terms of their credit obligations, such as their financial obligations under the terms of this Agreement.


. Occupants. The only persons who may live on the Property during the term of this Agreement are:




Tenant may have guests on the Property for not over consecutive days or days in a calendar year, and no more than two guests per bedroom at any one time. Persons staying more than consecutive days or more than days in any calendar year will NOT be considered original occupants of the Property. Tenant must obtain the prior written approval of Landlord if an invitee of Tenant will be present at the Property for more than consecutive days or days in a calendar year.


. Possession. Tenant will be entitled to possession of the Property on the first day of the term of this Agreement, and will yield possession to Landlord on the last day of the term of this Agreement, unless otherwise agreed by both parties in writing. At the expiration of the term, Tenant will remove its goods and effects and peaceably yield up the Property to Landlord in as good a condition as when delivered to Tenant, ordinary wear and tear excepted.


. Use of Property/Absences. Tenant will occupy and use the Property as a full-time residential dwelling unit. Tenant will notify Landlord of any anticipated extended absence from the Property not later than the first day of the extended absence.


No retail, commercial or professional use of the Property is allowed unless the Tenant receives prior written consent of the Landlord and such use conforms to applicable zoning laws. In such case, Landlord may require Tenant to obtain liability insurance for the benefit of Landlord. Landlord reserves the right to refuse to consent to such use in its sole and absolute discretion.


The failure to abide by the provisions of this section will constitute a material breach of this Agreement and is a just cause for eviction.


- Sofa

- Stove

. Storage. Any personal property stored in the common areas of the Property will be removed without notice.


. Parking.


week. month.

. Roof/Fire Escapes. Use of the roof and/or the fire escapes by Tenants and/or guests is limited to emergency use only. No other use is permitted, including but not limited to, the placement of personal property.


. Pets. No pets, dogs, cats, birds or other animals are allowed on or about the Property, without Landlords prior written consent, excepting guide, service, or signal dogs. Strays must not be kept or fed in or around the Property. If a pet has been on or allowed on the Property, even temporarily (with or without the Landlords permission) Tenant may be charged for cleaning, de-fleaing, deodorizing, shampooing, or replacing any portion of the Property.


No pets larger than 20 lbs.

. Keys and Locks. Tenant will be given a set number of keys for the Property. If all keys are not returned to Landlord following termination of the Agreement, Tenant will be charged a monetary fee to replace the keys. If a security deposit was collected by the Landlord at the time of signing this Agreement, then such amount will be subtracted from the Security Deposit. Tenant is not permitted to change any lock or place additional locking devices on any door or window of the Property without Landlords approval prior to installation. If allowed, Tenant must provide Landlord with keys to any changed lock immediately upon installation.


. Maintenance and Repairs.


. NOTICE: Under Minnesota Law, the Landord of a single-metered residential building is the bill payer responsible and shall be the customer of record contracting with the utility for utility services.


. Utilities and Services.


Under Minnesota law, the Landlord of a single-metered residential building is the bill payer responsible and shall be the customer of record contracting with the utility for utility services.



. Default. Tenant will be in default of this Agreement if Tenant fails to comply with any material provisions of this Agreement by which Tenant is bound. Subject to any governing provisions of law to the contrary, if Tenant fails to cure any financial obligation (or any other obligation) after written notice of such default is provided by Landlord to Tenant, Landlord may elect to cure such default and the cost of such action will be added to Tenant's financial obligations under this Agreement. All sums of money or charges required to be paid by Tenant under this Agreement will be additional rent, whether or not such sums or charges are designated as "additional rent." The rights provided by this paragraph are cumulative in nature and are in addition to any other rights afforded by law.


. Military Termination. 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 Property is 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 will 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 provision. 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 Property.


. Condition of Property. Tenant stipulates, represents and warrants that Tenant has examined the Property, and that they are at the time of this Agreement in good order, repair, and in a safe, clean and tenantable condition.


. Alterations and Improvements. Tenant will make no alterations to the buildings or improvements to the Property or construct any building or make any other improvements on the Property without the prior written consent of Landlord. Any and all alterations, changes, and/or improvements built, constructed or placed on the Property by Tenant will, unless otherwise provided by written agreement between Landlord and Tenant, be and become the property of Landlord and remain on the Property at the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.


. Hazardous Materials. Tenant will not keep on the Property any item of a dangerous, flammable or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion on the Property or that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible insurance company.


. Damage to Property. If the Property is damaged or destroyed as to render it uninhabitable, then either Landlord or Tenant will have the right to terminate this Agreement as of the date on which such damage occurs, through written notice to the other party to be given within 20 days of occurrence of such damage. However, if such damage should occur as the result of the conduct or negligence of Tenants or Tenants' guests or invitees, Landlord will have the right to termination and Tenants will be responsible for all losses, including, but not limited to, damage and repair costs as well as loss of rental income.


. Landlord Access to Property. Landlord and Landlord's agents will have the right at all reasonable times during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the Property for the purpose of inspecting the Property and all buildings and improvements thereon. Tenant will make the Property available to Landlord or Landlord's agents for the purposes of making repairs or improvements, or to supply agreed services or show the Property to prospective buyers or tenants, or in case of emergency. Except in case of emergency, Landlord will give Tenant reasonable notice of intent to enter. For these purposes, twenty four (24) hour written notice will be deemed reasonable.


. Indemnity Regarding Use of Property. 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 Property, except Landlord's act or negligence. Tenant hereby expressly releases Landlord and/or agent from any and all liability for loss or damage to Tenants property or effects whether on the Property, garage, storerooms or any other location in or about the Property, arising out of any cause whatsoever, including but not limited to rain, plumbing leakage, fire or theft, except in the case that such damage has been adjudged to be the result of the gross negligence of Landlord, Landlords employees, heirs, successors, assignees and/or agents.


. Accommodation. Landlord agrees to and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal housing opportunities. To ensure compliance, Landlord will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or a tenant, unless undue hardship would result. It is the applicant or tenants responsibility to make Landlord aware of any required accommodation. In writing, the individual with the disability should specify the nature and effect of the disability and any accommodation he or she needs. If after thoughtful consideration and evaluation, the accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, Landlord will make the accommodation. Landlord reserves the right to require appropriate medical verification of the disability.


. Compliance with Regulations. Tenant will promptly comply with all laws, ordinances, requirements and regulations of the federal, state, county, municipal and other authorities, and the fire insurance underwriters. However, Tenant will not by this provision be required to make alterations to the exterior of the building or alterations of a structural nature.


. Mechanics Liens. Neither Tenant nor anyone claiming through the Tenant will have the right to file mechanics liens or any other kind of lien on the Property and the filing of this Agreement constitutes notice that such liens are invalid. Further, Tenant agrees to (1) give actual advance notice to any contractors, subcontractors or suppliers of goods, labor, or services that such liens will not be valid, and (2) take whatever additional steps that are necessary in order to keep the Property free of all liens resulting from construction done by or for the Tenant.


. Subordination of Lease. This Agreement is subordinate to any mortgage that now exists, or may be given later by Landlord, with respect to the Property.


. Assignment and Subletting. Tenant may not assign or sublease any interest in the Property, nor assign, mortgage or pledge this Agreement, without the prior written consent of Landlord, which will not be unreasonably withheld.



Landlord and Tenant will not allow any of the following on the property:


a) Controlled substances on the Property or in the common areas. The Tenant and visitors of Tenant or those under Tenants control will not manufacture, sell, give away, barter, deliver, exchange, distribute or possess with the intent to sell, give away, barter, deliver, exchange, or distribute a controlled substance in violation of any locate, state, or federal law.

b) Prostitution or Prostitution related activities as defined in Minnesota Statutes Section 617.80, Subdivision 4, to occur on the Property or in the common area of the Property.

c) Unlawful use or possession of a firearm in violation of Minnesota Statute 609.66, Subdivision 1a Section 609.67, or Section 624.713 on the property, its lands, or common area.


THIS NOTICE IS INCLUDED AS REQUIRED BY Minnesota Statutes 504B.305. A seizure under section 609.5317, subdivision 1, for which there is not a defense under section 609.5317, subdivision 3, constitutes unlawful detention by the Tenant.


Furthermore, Tenant covenants not to commit domestic abuse against a tenant, licensee, or any authorized occupant of the Property.


. Notice. Notice under this Agreement will not be deemed valid unless given or served in writing and forwarded by mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the party at the appropriate address set forth below. Such addresses may be changed from time to time by either party by providing notice as set forth below. Notices mailed in accordance with these provisions will be deemed received on the third day after posting.




, ,




, , Minnesota


Such addresses may be changed from time to time by any party by providing notice as set forth above.


. Attorney Fees. Should it become necessary for Landlord to employ an attorney to enforce any of the conditions or covenants hereof, including the collection of rentals or gaining possession of the Property, Tenant agrees to pay all expenses so incurred, including reasonable attorney fees.


Tenant is entitled to attorney fees if Tenant prevails to the same extent under the same circumstances to which this Article entitles Landlord to the fees.


Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be submitted to mediation in accordance with any statutory rules of mediation in the State of Minnesota. If mediation is not successful in resolving the entire dispute or is unavailable, any outstanding issues will be submitted to final and binding arbitration in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. The arbitrator's award will be final, and judgment may be entered upon it by any court having jurisdiction within the State of Minnesota.

. Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed, construed and interpreted by, through and under the Laws of the State of Minnesota.


. Waiver and Severability. The failure of either party to enforce any provisions of this Agreement will 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 Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof will, for any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this Agreement nor the application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances will be affected thereby, but instead will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.


. Time of Essence. Time is of the essence with respect to the execution of this Lease Agreement.


. Estoppel Certificate. Tenant will execute and return a tenant estoppel certificate delivered to Tenant by Landlord or Landlord's agent within three (3) days after its receipt. Failure to comply with this requirement will be deemed Tenant's acknowledgment that the estoppel certificate is true and correct, and may be relied upon by a lender or purchaser.


. Entire Agreement. This document constitutes the entire Agreement between the Tenant and Landlord. This Agreement cannot be modified except in writing and must be signed by all parties. Neither Landlord nor Tenant have made any promises or representations, other than those set forth in this Agreement and those implied by law. The failure of Tenant or its guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement is grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to Tenants and procedures as required by law.


. Application. Tenant represents and warrants that all statements in Tenants rental application are accurate. Any misrepresentations will be considered a material breach of this Agreement and may subject Tenant to eviction. Tenant authorizes Landlord and any broker to obtain Tenants credit report periodically during the tenancy in connection with the modification or enforcement of this Lease. Landlord reserves the right to terminate this Agreement (i) before occupancy begins, (ii) upon disapproval of the credit report(s), or (iii) at any time, upon discovering that information in Tenants application is false.


. Binding Effect. The provisions of this Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of parties and their respective legal representatives, successors and assigns.







Tenant   Landlord






IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Landlord and Tenant have executed this Agreement in the manner prescribed by law as of the Effective Date.





By: Date:







By: Date:



Lease Agreement

Inspection Checklist


Address:  , , Minnesota


Tenant has inspected the Property and states that the Property is in satisfactory condition, free of defects, except as noted below:


Satisfactory  Comments




Cupboards _______ ____________________________________

Floor ceiling _______ ____________________________________

Walls and ceiling _______ ____________________________________

Counter surfaces _______ ____________________________________

Stove and oven _______ ____________________________________

Refrigerator _______ ____________________________________

Garbage disposal _______ ____________________________________

Windows _______ ____________________________________

Doors _______ ____________________________________

Light fixtures _______ ____________________________________


Living Room


Floor covering _______ ____________________________________

Walls and ceiling _______ ____________________________________

Windows _______ ____________________________________

Doors _______ ____________________________________

Light fixtures _______ ____________________________________


Hallways or Other Areas


Floor covering _______ ____________________________________

Walls and ceiling _______ ____________________________________

Closets _______ ____________________________________

Light fixtures _______ ____________________________________

Furnace _______ ____________________________________

Air conditioner _______ ____________________________________

Patio or deck _______ ____________________________________

Yard _______ ____________________________________

Other (specify) _______ ____________________________________






By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________


Acknowledged by Landlord:



By: ___________________________________ Date: __________________


(i) __X__ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing (explain):

(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.

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