California Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The California standard residential lease agreement is structured around a one (1) year term, in which the tenant is legally bound to pay a monthly rent to maintain residency. It is highly recommended that the landlord conduct a background check on any applicant (See the Rental Application), due to information that can be uncovered that could sway the landlord’s decision on accepting the new tenant. If the landlord accepts, they may charge the new tenant with a security deposit usually equal to one (1) month’s rent (the State cap is two (2) months for unfurnished units and three (3) months for furnished units (Section 1950.5)). The deposit is to ensure that any damage to the property following the execution of the lease agreement will be covered.

Laws – (See Guide to Landlords’ and Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities)

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