Rental Agreement Templates by State

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What Is a Rental Agreement?

A Rental Agreement - often confused with a Lease Agreement - is a formal written agreement between the owner and a renter of certain property. Rental Agreements are usually shorter-term contracts that are made on a month-to-month basis. These must be either renewed monthly by the parties involved or are automatically renewed at the end of the month unless either the owner or the renter express their desire to end the agreement.

Any property or item may be leased out to a renter. There are land rentals, vehicle leases, and even short-term equipment rentals. Apartments and houses - both being the most popular among all of the types of leased property - fall under the category of residential rentals, while offices and commercial spaces are considered commercial leases. A lease - especially when talking about something as serious as renting out a house - is meant to protect both the owner and the renter (in this case - the landlord and the tenant) by securing their rights and responsibilities.

Want to learn more about renting? Check out our tips for first-time renters and our articles on performing property inspections before moving in and moving out.

Where to Find Rental Agreement Forms?

Every state in the U.S. has its own laws regarding leases and Rental Agreements. Make sure that your agreement complies with local legislation or ask a real estate attorney to help you prepare the lease.

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Massachusetts

New Mexico

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Michigan

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

Utah

California

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Vermont

Colorado

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Oklahoma

Virginia

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South Carolina

Wyoming

Types of Rental Agreements

There are three main types of leases based on the time limits specified within the agreement.

  1. Fixed-Term Rental Agreements. These are written agreements that last for a specific agreed-upon period of time, with the most common time frame being a single year. Fixed leases restrict the owner of the item or property from changing the rules or increasing the rent half-way throughout the period of the lease. Most states require leases that are expected to last over 12 months to be notarized and implement certain penalties for not following the certification requirements or breaking the conditions of the lease.
  2. Month-to-Month Rental Agreements. Month-to-Month Rental Agreements are verbal or written agreements that do not contain a specific time limit and are considered to be in effect until one of the parties issues a written termination notice. The notice period should be clearly stated in the rental contract. The agreement must be done in writing if the lease requires the renter to provide any kind of deposit or fee to the owner.
  3. One-Way Leases. A one-way lease is a month-to-month rental contract with an agreed-upon fee imposed on the renter by the owner if the renter decides to terminate the contract early. Some states explicitly prohibit these contacts and consider them illegal.

What to Include in a Rental Agreement?

There are certain basics that every Lease and Rental Agreement should feature. These include the following:

  1. The names of all renters (for residential leases - the names of all adult tenants) that will be using the rented item or property. Listing all renters makes each of them legally responsible for honoring the terms outlined in the agreement.
  2. The term and type of the lease and the overall flexibility of the arrangement.
  3. The amount of rent, the acceptable payment methods, and the date the rent is due.
  4. Reimbursable and non-reimbursable security deposits and additional fees.
  5. Maintenance and repairs in case of any damages done to the rented property.

Residential Lease Agreements, specifically, should feature the following information:

  1. Limits on tenant occupancy. This clause guarantees the right of the landlord to determine who lives in their property and to prevent any subleases attempted without permission.
  2. The landlord’s legal rights to access the rental property.
  3. The policies regarding pets and - if allowed - any restrictions on the size, type, or the number of pets the tenant may bring onto the property.

The lease is no longer considered legally binding if either one of the parties breaks any of the terms of the agreement.


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"Vacation Rental Agreement Template"

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Size: 99 KB
6 pages

These agreements are more common for higher-end vacation properties and outline the terms and conditions of the lease for the specified rental period.

"Room Rental Agreement Template"

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Size: 83 KB
4 pages

This legally binding agreement allows an individual to sublease or rent their room or apartment to another person or group of people.

"Parking Lease Agreement Template"

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Size: 70 KB
2 pages

Use this document to rent a place to keep your car during work hours or a parking space to store a vehicle for longer periods of time.

"Lease Option Agreement Template"

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Size: 97 KB
5 pages

When signed, a lease option provides the tenant the option to purchase the rented property during or at the end of the rental period.

"Lease to Own Agreement Template"

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Size: 110 KB
7 pages

This agreement requires the tenant to purchase the property that they are renting at the end of the lease term.

Form 01 "Residential Tenancy Agreement" - New Zealand

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Size: 1 MB
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"Mobile Home, House, or Space Lease Agreement Form" - Colorado

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Size: 41 KB
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"Rental Agreement (Generic) Template"

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Size: 10 KB
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"Month-To-Month Residential Rental Agreement Template"

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Size: 68 KB
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"Rental Agreement Template"

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"Cake Pop Stand Rental Agreement Form"

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Agreement Template Real Estate

"Self-storage Space Rental Agreement - Sample"

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"Month-To-Month Rental Agreement Template"

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"Month-To-Month Rental Agreement Template"

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"Monthly Rental Agreement Template"

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"Salon Booth Rental Agreement Template"

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"Roomer/Landlord Agreement Template"

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"Basic Rental Agreement Template"

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"Homeshare Rental Agreement Template"

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"Tenant Rental Agreement Template - Residential Landlord"

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"Residential Rental Agreement Template" - Alabama

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Size: 123 KB
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"Commercial Rental Agreement Template" - Alabama

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"Land Rental Agreement Template" - Alabama

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"Sublease Agreement Template" - Alabama

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"Month-To-Month Rental Agreement Template" - Alaska

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Size: 1 MB
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"Residential Rental Agreement Template" - Alaska

Rate (4.8 / 5) 27 votes
Size: 123 KB
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"Commercial Rental Agreement Template" - Alaska

Rate (4.8 / 5) 8 votes
Size: 138 KB
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"Land Rental Agreement Template" - Alaska

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Size: 134 KB
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"Sublease Agreement Template" - Alaska

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Size: 84 KB
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"Residential Rental Agreement Template" - Arizona

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Size: 123 KB
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"Commercial Rental Agreement Template" - Arizona

Rate (4.3 / 5) 23 votes
Size: 138 KB
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"Land Rental Agreement Template" - Arizona

Rate (4.6 / 5) 30 votes
Size: 133 KB
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"Sublease Agreement Template" - Arizona

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Size: 85 KB
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"Monthly Rental Agreement Form" - Arkansas

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"Residential Rental Agreement Template" - Arkansas

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Size: 123 KB
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"Commercial Rental Agreement Template" - Arkansas

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Size: 138 KB
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"Land Rental Agreement Template" - Arkansas

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Size: 134 KB
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"Sublease Agreement Template" - Arkansas

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Size: 84 KB
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"Guaranty of Rental Agreement Template - San Diego County Apartment Association" - San Diego County, California

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Size: 135 KB
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"Motorcycle/Atv/Scooter Rental Agreement Form" - California

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Size: 36 KB
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