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Making a Simple Real Estate Lease

  • What is a Simple Real Estate Lease?

    Usually, Simple Real Estate Leases are drafted to describe the terms and rent payment details associated with a tenancy. Signing this essential contract can make it easier for everyone to avoid conflicts down the road. You can tap or click the "Make document" button to check out our sample Simple Real Estate Lease and see what information you'll need to customize your lease.

  • Where do I get a rental agreement?

    The document included on this page is a free rental agreement. Once your document has been made, you can easily sign it online and access it anytime. Making this Simple Lease will most likely be helpful to you because of the following list of benefits:

    • There are no surprises about how long the rental period lasts
    • The landlord and tenant(s) know what they are responsible for
    • Neither party is confused about rental fees

    Even if you are offering the property to a friend or family member, the Simple Real Estate Lease is a step that should never be skipped.

  • Can I write my own rental agreement?

    Yes. Rocket Lawyer provides a free printable basic rental agreement that you can customize with your information. This document template includes standard lease provisions as well as an inspection checklist and a lead-paint disclosure.

    Information that you'll need to complete the document includes:

    • Description of the property, including address
    • Start and end date of lease agreement
    • Monthly rent amount
    • Rent due date, information regarding late payment (such as fines, etc.)
    • Security deposit amount & terms
    • Contact information (landlord and tenant)
    • Maximum number of occupants
    • Policies for guests, pets, and smoking
    • Parking information
    • Storage information
    • Utilities tenant is responsible for

    During the process of making your document, you'll also be able to add more specifics about furnishings, insurance requirements, and maintenance procedures. Additional personalization is possible, as well.

  • How do I write a simple rental agreement?

    Rocket Lawyer offers a free simple rental agreement template. This agreement is suitable for homes, apartments, condos, motorhomes or single rooms. Simply input your particular information, and the document will be written according to your needs.

  • Are there any next steps that I should take after I write my Simple Real Estate Lease?

    Alongside each Simple Real Estate Lease, there's a set of next steps to take to finalize your document. You should feel free to interact with your document in all of these ways: editing it, getting signatures online using RocketSign®, printing it out, and saving it in PDF format or as a Word document. Most importantly, the tenant should always receive copies of your fully executed agreement. You should also feel free to explore more real estate documents in our library.

  • Is this Simple Residential Property Lease legally binding?

    As with any legal contract, a Simple Residential Property Lease is not legally binding until all parties to the agreement have signed. Different from the other websites you may stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a blank Simple Real Estate Lease template or fillable PDF that you could find elsewhere. If the lessee refuses to pay or there is another problem related to your Simple Residential Property Lease, your membership provides the optional benefit of Document Defense® protection.

  • What makes a lease illegal?

    Restrictions on lease terms vary by state and municipality. Some common terms that are legally questionable include:

    • A security deposit that exceeds the state or local maximum
    • A non-refundable security deposit
    • Property damage being the sole responsibility of the tenant (regardless of whether the tenant actually caused the damage)
    • Tenant being responsible for repairs (this is usually the landlord's duty)
    • Early termination damages regardless of which party wishes to terminate early
    • Clauses relating to the acceptability of subletting (this varies by state)
    • Requiring the tenant to waive the potential right to sue the landlord

    This list is not exhaustive. If you have questions about the legality of your lease, talk to a lawyer in our On Call Network.

Last reviewed or updated 08/26/2021

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