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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... Read More

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Making a Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

  • What is a Month-to-Month Rental Agreement?

    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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