Securing Your Residence: a Rental Agreement

Start your landlord-tenant relationship on a firm footing with a rental agreement

In order to start your landlord-tenant relationship on a firm footing and secure your desired residence, you should have a rental agreement signed by both parties. A rental agreement is basically a contract between a tenant and landlord that governs the terms of use and possession of rental property. Upon finding a suitable location you may want to enter into a long-term rental arrangement that could last 12 months or more. However, you may desire a written rental agreement that is shorter, maybe lasting for a period of 30 days and includes an automatic renewal at the end of the 30 day period. Given the many possible forms of rental agreements, there are many reasons why you may want to consult a qualified attorney.

There are many details to keep track of when you’re renting property and the laws governing rental agreements can vary widely by locality. A correctly worded rental agreement will organize all aspects of your lease arrangement in one document. It will clarify your obligations and protect all your rights.

Before You Sign, Have a Lawyer Review the Rental Agreement

Before you sign a lease or rental agreement, you may want to have a lawyer review it to ensure all the standard clauses and mandatory disclosures are present and properly worded so as not to unlawfully abridge your rights as a tenant. Also, if any disputes arise over a rental agreement, your attorney can help you recover damages in a court of law.

Security deposits frequently cause disputes between landlords and tenants. An attorney can explain the legal requirements regarding security deposits and if any interest owed on a security deposit is to be refunded to the tenant. An attorney can also determine if any interest and/or deposit can be applied to repairs, cleaning fees and back rent owed.

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