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What should a lease contain?

The lease is a contract. Unless the lease contains legal provisions, a court will require the

landlord and tenant to do what the language of t e lease provides. The answer to most landlord-

tenant questions can be found in the language of the lease between the parties. A comprehensive

lease should include the following:

  • Names of the tenant, the landlord or the landlord's agent, the person or company authorized to manage the property;

  • A description of the rental unit, identifyin the appliances included in the unit and the heat and cooling sources. If it is a house, a description of the property;

  • The time period for which the property is rented and the date the lease ends;

  • The amount of rent and the date it is due, including any grace period, late charges, or return check charges;

  • How rent is to be delivered to the landlord and whether payment may be made by check, money order, or cash;

  • How to terminate the agreement prior to the expiration date and what, if any, charges will be imposed;

  • The amount of the security deposit;

  • Utilities furnished by the landlord and, if the landlord charges for such utilities, how the utility charge will be calculated;

  • Amenities and facilities on the premises which the tenant is entitled to use such as swimming pool, laundry, or security systems;

  • Rules and regulations such as pet rules, noise rules, and whether or not breaking such rules can be grounds for eviction;

  • Identification of parking available, including designated parking spaces, if provided;

  • Pest control, if provided, and how often;

  • How tenant repair requests are handled and procedures for emergency requests; and

  • Under what circumstances the landlord can enter the property and with what notice to the tenant.


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