New York Rental Lease Agreement Templates | PDF | Word

The New York lease agreements must adhere to all State laws (Article 7 > 220:238) and should be written after the lessor (landlord) and lessee (tenant) agree verbally to all the terms of the contract including monthly payment. The landlord, although not mandatory, should require the tenant(s) to give their income tax filing for the previous year in order to determine their monthly income and if they are able to afford the monthly payment. Most landlords require that a maximum of one-third (33%) of their total monthly take-home pay be allowed for the rental amount. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, it is considered a legal and binding document.

The New York commercial lease agreements are allowed for the use of any landlord-tenant relationship that involves the usable space for business or personal use by an individual or entity. The landlord’s first objective when identifying a potential tenant is to determine if they are suitable for the premises by checking all local zoning laws to ensure that the space meets all local ordinances. From there the landlord will usually ask to see the individual or entity’s credentials with the…

The New York month to month lease agreements, or commonly known as “Tenancy at Will”, is a rental contract for residential real estate that allows a tenant to occupy space for an unstated period of time that goes perpetually until the lessor or lessee gives notice to the other to terminate. According to Section 232-B the notice must be in writing with at least thirty (30) days’ notice to the other party. Even though the lease can be considered a…

A New York landlord is best to use the online system to start the process (Inside New York City | Outside New York City) which gives them access to the most up to date forms for filing and serving the tenant. Once the petition and demand for rent has created they may be served on the tenant to allow them three (3) days to either pay any and all rent that is owed or choose to vacate the premises. Demand…

The New York rental application may be used by any landlord after a tenant has showed interest in a property in order to process a thorough background check where their personal information will be reviewed. The tenant must sign the application on the bottom and the the landlord has the right to charge a non-refundable fee (usually between $25 to $50 per applicant) for processing. Once the tenant is approved, a lease should be drawn and the security deposit should…

The New York residential lease agreements allow for an owner of property, the landlord, to legally rent livable space to someone else, the tenant. The tenant will be required to most importantly pay rent along with take responsibility of a portion or all of the utilities to be determined during the negotiations between both parties. Once the agreement is signed by landlord and tenant it becomes final and both parties are legally bound to each other. Use the Tenants’ Rights…

The New York sublease and roommate agreements are very popular within the city and among university students as it allows a person who already has a lease with a landlord to rent the same space to another individual. There are two (2) ways to setup this agreement; 1.) Standard Sublease – This arrangement is when the tenant decides to allow someone else to take over the entire space. Adobe PDF Microsoft Word 2.) Roommate – Arrangement where the tenant is looking…

If the landlord has any questions they should refer to the Tenants Rights’ Guide.


Bedbug Disclosure – Required to inform the tenant(s) of any infestation.

Lead-Based Paint – Required if the housing unit was built prior to 1978.

Move-in Checklist – Not required but recommended for any tenant that puts up a security deposit at the time of lease signing.

Real Estate Disclosure – Only required if the property was presented to the tenant through a real estate agent.

Windows Guards – Required to be handed out to any and all tenants.


Security Deposits

Maximum – A landlord may charge as much as desired for the Security Deposit. Typically is a tenant is considered “high-risk” the landlord will ask for the tenant to pay a period of months ahead of time.

Returning – There is no set amount of days the landlord must pay the deposit back to the tenant, although they must return the funds within a “reasonable time period”.

Access to the Premises by the Landlord/Manager

The landlord may enter the tenant’s premises at anytime as desired. Although out of good intentions notice should always be given with at least same day notice.