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LEGALDOCS - Residential Lease Questionnaire

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This is an example of a completed Residential Lease.

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This lease may be used for any residential unit or structure, such as an apartment, a condominium, a house, or a duplex. It allows you to prepare a residential lease agreement for up to three tenants. This form enables you to create either a tenancy for years or a month-to-month tenancy. A "tenancy for years" covers a fixed period of time, which may or may not exceed one year. A month-to-month tenancy renews itself each month until it is terminated by either party.

Landlord's are advised to check a local landlord's association or real estate office for any local laws that might apply to their rental property. For example, some states allow a first and last month's rent plus a security deposit, whereas other states allow only a first month's rent plus a security deposit. Another example is the time in which the landlord must repay the security deposit. Some states allow 30 days, whereas other states allow only 14 days.

To create a Residential Lease, complete this form.


Provide the following information about the parties:

    The full name of the Landlord:

    The full name of each tenant:

Provide the following information about the Premises being Leased:
    Provide the address of the leased Premises:
    Street Address:



    Zip Code:

Are there any buildings (other than the main residence), structures, of facilities, that are included in this lease? (For example, "a one car detached garage", or "a guest house in the back yard", or "a storage shed on the alley", etc.)

    Complete this sentence. Yes. In addition to the main residence, this lease includes ____ (describe in detail - don't capitalize first word, and don't use a period at the end of the sentence):


The tenancy under this Lease will begin on .

Type of Tenancy: You may create a fixed term tenancy or a month-to-month tenancy. A fixed term tenancy specifies a fixed number of months for the lease. A month-to-month tenancy renews itself each month until it is terminated by landlord or tenant, with one month's notice to the other to terminate.

    The Tenancy under this Lease is:

    Fixed Tenancy, with the lease having a term of months.

    Month-To-Month Tenancy

Rents and Security Deposits:

    The monthly rent for the unit will be $.

    The rent will be due on the first day of each month.

    The first month's rent may or may not be equivalent to the regular monthly rent for a variety of reasons. The tenant may begin the lease in the middle of the month and thus pay a pro-rated portion of the rent, or the landlord may offer a discount on the first month's rent.
    The amount of the first month's rent is $

    The first month's rent is due on:

      The date this lease is signed.
      The following date:

    Would you like to include a provision for a late fee in the event that the Tenant does not pay rent within five (5) days of the due date?

      No, I do not want a late fee provision.
      Yes, I would like this Lease to include a late charge provision of percent of the monthly rent in the event the rent is more than five (5) days late. (Some state laws limit the amount of late fees that can be charged. You are advised to check the laws of your state regarding such caps).

    Most landlords require tenants to provide a security deposit prior to taking occupancy of the premises. This security deposit is often times the equivalent of one month's rent, but it may be less or more. States have laws that provide a cap on the amount of security deposit that can be collected (for example, first and last month's rent, plus a security deposit equaling a month's rent, for an unfurnished apartment). The landlord must return the security deposit to the tenant within a certain period of time after the lease is terminated, but can withhold amounts necessary and reasonable to cover damages caused to the premises by the renter in excess of ordinary "wear and tear", and also to cover standard cleaning costs. Enter the amount of the security deposit that the tenant will deposit with the landlord. $.

*NOTE If a Guarantor is required to insure tenant's faithful performance of the lease obligation, refer to the form "Guaranty Agreement" found in the Legaldocs List of all Documents Index.

Some state laws may require the landlord to pay certain utilities, such as water service and garbage disposal. Usually, the landlord pays water, sewer and trash, and the tenant pays electricity, gas, telephone and cable.

Enter any utilities that the landlord will pay:

Enter any utilities that the tenant must pay:

Good practice is for all adult and mentally competent tenants to sign the lease, and only those persons who sign the lease being authorized to live in the unit.

    Will people who are not signing the lease be occupying the Premises?
      No. All occupants must sign the lease.
      Yes, the following persons not signing the lease will also be occupying the Premises: (Please provide the full name of each occupant not signing the lease; i.e, names of children) .

Are pets allowed?


Yes, the following pets are allowed:

If pets are allowed, is an additional security deposit required?


Yes, the amount of additional security deposit is: $.

Are any appliances included with the premises? (i.e., refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, etc.).

Appliances included in the premises are a kitchen stove and refrigerator.

No appliances are included.

The following appliances are included:

Is the unit furnished?

No, the unit is unfurnished.

Yes, the unit is furnished.

The payment of rent, and all questions, complaints, notices, and any other contact regarding the Premises will be handled through:

Name of Manager or Contact Person:

Address of Manager or Contact Person:

Telephone number of Manager or Contact Person:


    This lease requires the tenants to obey all state and local laws, and to not allow any acts which are wasteful, destructive or annoying to others. If the landlord has additional rules or regulations that the tenants must follow, a provision can be included in this lease that references these rules. This program does not create these additional rules and regulations, but rather requires that a written set of rules be attached to the lease as "Attachment One". Indicate here if this Lease should include a reference to special rules and regulations which you must then attach?

    No additional rules will be attached.

    Yes, additional rules and regulations will be attached.

Enter the following information about the place where this lease is being signed:




This completes the information input for your Residential Lease. When you Send this Form, this program will prepare a Summary of the Residential Lease for your review. Make sure that all facts stated in the Summary are correct in all respects.

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