Download residential and commercial leases that allow a landlord and tenant to come to a binding agreement over the use of property upon terms such as start & end date, monthly rent, utilities, parking, common areas, and any other conditions negotiated upon. Once the document has been signed by all parties and acceptance has been given the form becomes legally valid.
The landlord is not required but recommended to screen all applicants via the rental application and to check their background. Once the review is complete the lessee should be given a written lease.
Download Standard Lease – Adobe PDF (fillable)
Download Lease Agreements – By State
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington (state)
- West Virginia
Commercial Lease Agreements
Residential Lease Agreements
How to Write
Step 1 – Tenant shows interest in renting either commercial or residential property and inquires about the monthly rent along with other terms. Usually a verbal agreement is made.
Step 2 – The landlord will take the tenant’s personal information with the rental application and will verify their monthly income, employment (current and previous employers), references, and any other documents they may need such as previous year tax returns.
Step 3 – After the verification process is complete the landlord will decide whether to approve or reject the applicant. If approved, the landlord will decide how much of a security deposit to charge that is to be held until the end of the term in case of non-payment of rent or any damage left on the premises after the vacancy is over.
Step 4 – The tenant should be requested to meet and sign the lease. Once both parties have signed the agreement becomes legally binding and the lessee is given access to the premises at the start date unless a deal was made to move-in early for a pro-rated amount.