Agreement Template to Rent or Lease - California

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Agreement To Rent Or Lease
This Agreement is made and entered into between __________________________________________________________, hereinafter
“Owner” and (names of all Residents and names and ages of children to reside on the premises):
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)_________
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)_________
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)________
Hereinafter “Resident.” The word Resident as used herein shall include the singular as well as the plural. Subject to the terms and
conditions below, Owner rents to Resident, and Resident rents from Owner, for residential purposes only, the premises known as:
_________________________________________________________________________ Unit # __________________(if applicable)
in the City of ___________________________________________________________________, California ____________________
Owner and Resident mutually agree as follows:
1. TERM. The term of the rental shall begin on ___________________________, and shall continue as follows subject to the payment
of rent for one month and the security deposit: (check one)
For a period of ______ months and ______ days thereafter expiring on _____/______/_____ (the expiration date).
Renewal of the term shall be as described in Paragraph 22 of this Agreement (A Fixed Term Lease).
On a periodic tenancy basis, terminable by either party by the giving of a written notice pursuant to Paragraph 22 of this
Agreement (A Periodic Tenancy).
2. RENT. Resident shall pay to Owner the Monthly rent of $________________, in advance on or before the ________ day of each
month without deduction or offset. On signing this Agreement Resident shall pay one full month’s rent in the form of a cashier’s check
or money order only. The rent for the partial month’s prior shall be prorated on the basis of a 30-day month and shall be paid on or
before the next rental due date.
3. SECURITY DEPOSIT. On signing this Agreement, Resident shall pay to Owner the sum of $_________ as a deposit to secure
Resident’s performance of the covenants contained herein. No part of this deposit is to be considered as an advance payment of rent,
including last months’ rent, nor is it to be used for refunded prior to the leased premises being permanently and totally vacated by all
Residents. After Resident has vacated the premises, Owner shall furnish Resident with an itemized written statement of the basis for,
and the amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Owner. Owner may withhold that portion of Resident’s security deposit
necessary (a) to remedy any default by Resident in the payment of rent or any other provision of this Agreement, (b) to repair damages
to the premises, to include repainting, but exclusive of ordinary wear and tear, and (c) to remove trash and clean the premises to meet
Owner’s re-rental standards, as provided by law. The unused portion of this deposit shall be returned to Resident without interest,
according to law.
4. UTILITIES. Resident shall pay for all utilities, services and charges, except __________________________.
5. OCCUPANCY. Resident agrees that the premises are to be used as a private residence for Resident listed herein, for a total of
_________ adults and ________ child/children and by no other persons and for no other reason. Guest may not stay more than 14
consecutive days in any six month period without the prior written consent of Owner.
6. LATE CHARGE / RETURNED CHECKS. Resident acknowledges that Owner will incur certain administrative cost in connection
with late Rental payment, and that the amount of such administrative cost would be difficult or impracticable to ascertain. If Resident
fails to pay the rent in full by the end of the _____ day after it is due, Resident shall pay a late charge of $__________ as additional
rent. Owner does not waive the right to insist on payment of rent in full on the day it is due. In the event Resident’s check is dishonored
by the bank, Resident shall pay a returned check charge of $25 as additional rent. A late charge will be imposed if the returned check
causes the rent to be late. Owner may require future payments to be in a form other than personal check in the event of a returned
check.
7. ACCEPTANCE OF PREMISES. Resident has inspected the premises, furnishing and equipment, and has found them to be
satisfactory. All plumbing, heating and electrical systems are operative and deemed satisfactory.
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Agreement To Rent Or Lease
This Agreement is made and entered into between __________________________________________________________, hereinafter
“Owner” and (names of all Residents and names and ages of children to reside on the premises):
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)_________
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)_________
Resident ______________________________(Age)__________
Resident _______________________________(Age)________
Hereinafter “Resident.” The word Resident as used herein shall include the singular as well as the plural. Subject to the terms and
conditions below, Owner rents to Resident, and Resident rents from Owner, for residential purposes only, the premises known as:
_________________________________________________________________________ Unit # __________________(if applicable)
in the City of ___________________________________________________________________, California ____________________
Owner and Resident mutually agree as follows:
1. TERM. The term of the rental shall begin on ___________________________, and shall continue as follows subject to the payment
of rent for one month and the security deposit: (check one)
For a period of ______ months and ______ days thereafter expiring on _____/______/_____ (the expiration date).
Renewal of the term shall be as described in Paragraph 22 of this Agreement (A Fixed Term Lease).
On a periodic tenancy basis, terminable by either party by the giving of a written notice pursuant to Paragraph 22 of this
Agreement (A Periodic Tenancy).
2. RENT. Resident shall pay to Owner the Monthly rent of $________________, in advance on or before the ________ day of each
month without deduction or offset. On signing this Agreement Resident shall pay one full month’s rent in the form of a cashier’s check
or money order only. The rent for the partial month’s prior shall be prorated on the basis of a 30-day month and shall be paid on or
before the next rental due date.
3. SECURITY DEPOSIT. On signing this Agreement, Resident shall pay to Owner the sum of $_________ as a deposit to secure
Resident’s performance of the covenants contained herein. No part of this deposit is to be considered as an advance payment of rent,
including last months’ rent, nor is it to be used for refunded prior to the leased premises being permanently and totally vacated by all
Residents. After Resident has vacated the premises, Owner shall furnish Resident with an itemized written statement of the basis for,
and the amount of, any of the security deposit retained by Owner. Owner may withhold that portion of Resident’s security deposit
necessary (a) to remedy any default by Resident in the payment of rent or any other provision of this Agreement, (b) to repair damages
to the premises, to include repainting, but exclusive of ordinary wear and tear, and (c) to remove trash and clean the premises to meet
Owner’s re-rental standards, as provided by law. The unused portion of this deposit shall be returned to Resident without interest,
according to law.
4. UTILITIES. Resident shall pay for all utilities, services and charges, except __________________________.
5. OCCUPANCY. Resident agrees that the premises are to be used as a private residence for Resident listed herein, for a total of
_________ adults and ________ child/children and by no other persons and for no other reason. Guest may not stay more than 14
consecutive days in any six month period without the prior written consent of Owner.
6. LATE CHARGE / RETURNED CHECKS. Resident acknowledges that Owner will incur certain administrative cost in connection
with late Rental payment, and that the amount of such administrative cost would be difficult or impracticable to ascertain. If Resident
fails to pay the rent in full by the end of the _____ day after it is due, Resident shall pay a late charge of $__________ as additional
rent. Owner does not waive the right to insist on payment of rent in full on the day it is due. In the event Resident’s check is dishonored
by the bank, Resident shall pay a returned check charge of $25 as additional rent. A late charge will be imposed if the returned check
causes the rent to be late. Owner may require future payments to be in a form other than personal check in the event of a returned
check.
7. ACCEPTANCE OF PREMISES. Resident has inspected the premises, furnishing and equipment, and has found them to be
satisfactory. All plumbing, heating and electrical systems are operative and deemed satisfactory.
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8. POSSESSION OF PREMISES. In the event Owner is unable to deliver possession of the premises to Resident for any reason not
within Owner’s control, including, but not limited to failure of prior occupants to vacate as agreed or required by law, Owner shall not
be liable to Resident except for the return of all sums previously paid to Owner in the event Resident chooses to terminate this Rental
Agreement.
9. PETS, WATER-FILLED FURNITURE/ANTENNAS AND/OR SATELLITE DISHES. No animal, pet, antenna/satellite dish or
water-filled furniture shall be kept on or about the premises without the prior written consent of the Owner.
10. SECURITY. Resident acknowledges that Owner has made no representation that the property is a “secure” complex, and that
Resident is safe from theft, injury or damage. Gates, fences and locks are provided primarily for the protection of Owner’s property and
are not a warranty of protection nor are they specifically provided for the protection of Resident or guest’s person or property. Resident
shall take appropriate measures to protect their own property, and report to the Police any suspicious activities, persons or events
occurring on or about the general premises.
11. QUIET ENJOYMENT / USE. All residents shall be entitled to quiet enjoyment of the premises. Resident shall not use the
premises in such a way as to violate any law or ordinance, commit waste or nuisance, annoy, disturb, inconvenience, or interfere with
the quiet enjoyment of any other resident, including but not limited to having loud or late parties or playing loud music. Resident shall
ensure that their guests also comply with this provision. Violations constitute a breach of the Agreement, and Owner may take legal
action to terminate the Agreement and remove Resident.
12. JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY (CO-RESIDENT). If more than one Resident enters into this Agreement (“roommates’),
the obligations are joint and several; each such Resident is individually, as well as jointly, liable for full performance of all agreed
terms and payment of all sums required hereunder as long as any one of the Residents remain in possession of the premises. Any breach
or abandonment by any one or more of the Residents shall not terminate the Agreement nor shall it relieve the remaining Resident from
fulfilling the terms of this Agreement. Should one or more of the Residents terminate their residency apart and separately from other
Resident, no right to have another person substituted in their stead shall exist.
13. CARE AND MAINTENANCE. Resident agrees to keep the premises clean, in good order and repair, and free of trash, mold,
mildew and unsightly material and to immediately notify Owner, in writing, of any defects or dangerous conditions in or about the
premises, particularly any water penetration. Resident shall reimburse Owner for the cost to repair damage by Resident through misuse
or neglect including but not limited to plumbing stoppages. Except as provided by law, no repairs, decorating or alterations shall be
done by the Resident without the Owner’s prior written consent, which may require that only a licensed and bonded contractor perform
such work.
14. RIGHT OF ENTRY. Owner or Owner’s agents shall have right to enter the premises for purposes of performing inspections; to
make necessary or agreed repairs, alterations or improvements; supplying agreed services; to exhibit the property to prospective
residents; when the Resident has abandoned or surrendered the premises; in case of emergency, and pursuant to court order or state
law. Except in cases of emergency, Owner shall give Resident reasonable notice of intent to enter. Resident may be present, however
such entry shall not be conditioned upon such presence, and Resident agrees to indemnify and hold Owner free and harmless for such
entry.
15. VEHICLES AND PARKING. Owner reserves the right to control parking and to tow away, at Resident’s expense, any vehicle
causing an unsafe/hazardous condition or parked in unauthorized spaces. No automobile or other motor-driven vehicle or cycle may be
brought onto the premises unless such vehicle complies with governmental noise limitations, is free of any leaking fluids, insured for
public liability/ property damage, operable, and currently register.
16. SUBLEASING / ASSIGNMENT. Resident shall not sublease any part of the premises or assign this Agreement without the prior
written consent of Owner. Any such action, without prior written consent, is void.
17. PEST CONTROL. Upon demand by Owner, Residents shall temporarily vacate the premises for a reasonable period of time to
allow pest or vermin control work to be done. Resident shall comply with all instructions, forthwith, from pest controller, fumigator
and/or exterminator regarding the preparation of the premises for the work, including the proper bagging and storage of food,
perishables and medicine.
18. LIABILITY / DAMAGE RESPONSIBILITY. Resident agrees to hold Owner harmless from all claims of loss or damage to
property, and of injury or death to persons caused by the intentional acts or negligence of the Resident, his guest or invitees, or
occurring on the premises rented for Resident’s exclusive use. Resident expressly absolves Owner from any and all liability for any
loss or damage to Resident’s property or effects arising out of water leakage or breaking pipes, or theft, or other cause beyond
the reasonable control of Owner. This includes damage to Resident’s or guest’s vehicles while parked on the property. In the event
the premises are damaged by fire or other casualty, Owner shall have the option either to (1) repair such damage, this Agreement
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continuing in full force and effect, or (2) give notice to Resident terminating this Agreement. Owner shall not be required to repair or
replace any property brought onto the premises by Resident. Resident agrees to accept financial responsibility for any damage to the
premises from fire, water or casualty caused by Resident’s negligence. Resident is encouraged to carry a standard renter’s policy or
as an alternative, warrants that they will be financially responsible for losses not covered by Owner’s fire and extended coverage
insurance policy. In no event shall Resident be entitled to any compensation or damage due to any extra expense, annoyance or
inconvenience for loss of use due to a casualty beyond the control of the Owner.
19. TERMINATION: CLEANING / REPAIRS. Upon termination of the tenancy, Resident shall leave the premises in a clean and
orderly condition, free of trash and personal property. If this is not done, Resident expressly agrees that Owner shall perform all
cleaning services, including carpet cleaning and/or repair, which may be required in Owner’s discretion to restore the premises to
Owner’s standards for new occupancy. The costs incurred by Owner for such services shall be deducted from Resident’s security
deposit. If Owner is required to perform a pre-move out inspection, or any repair or renovation as a result of Resident’s decoration,
modification or damage, regardless of the cause, the cost of such inspection repair and/or renovation shall be deducted from Resident’s
security deposit. In the event the deposit is not sufficient to pay all the lawful expenses and charges at the termination of this residency,
Residents shall immediately, upon written notice, pay Owner any additional sums necessary to pay all such charges in full.
20. RULES AND REGULATIONS. Resident acknowledges receipt of, and has read a copy of the Apartment Rules and Regulations,
which are hereby incorporated into this Agreement by this reference. Owner may terminate this Agreement, as provided by law, if any
of these Rules and Regulations are violated. Such Rules and Regulations may be amended from time to time upon giving notice to
Resident. If the property is located within a common interest development, Resident agrees to comply with and abide by any
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC & R’s) and Association Rules and Regulations. A copy of these documents
(if applicable) are made a part of this agreement. Residents shall comply with any valid order of the Association and shall pay to Owner
any charge assessed by reason of Resident’s breach.
21. SMOKE DETECTION DEVICE. The premises are equipped with a smoke detection device(s), and: (a) Resident acknowledges
the smoke detector(s) was tested and its operation explained by management, in the presence of Resident, at time of initial occupancy,
and the detector(s) in the unit was working properly at the time, (b) Resident shall test the smoke detector at least once a week to
determine if the smoke detector(s) is operating properly, and immediately inform the Owner, in writing, of any malfunction.
22. TERMINATION / HOLDING OVER. If this Agreement is a periodic tenancy, either party may terminate the tenancy by the
service of at least 30 days written notice, if the tenancy is less than one year, or by the service by either party of at least 60 days written
notice if the tenancy is one year or longer at the time of service of the notice. If this Agreement is a Fixed Term Lease, it shall
automatically convert to a periodic tenancy upon the expiration date of the Fixed Term Lease. In the absence of any written
communication between the parties, the residency shall continue on a periodic tenancy basis, including any changes, i.e. rent
adjustments, having been made by Owner with proper written notice.
23. DEFAULT. In the event of a default by Resident, Owner may elect to (a) continue the lease in effect and enforce all his rights and
remedies hereunder, including the right to recover the rent as it becomes due, or (b) at any time, terminate all of Resident’s rights
hereunder, and recover from Resident all damages he may incur by reason of the breach of the lease, including the cost of recovering
the premises, and including the worth at the time of such termination, or at the time of an award if suit be instituted to enforce this
provision, of the amount by which the unpaid rent for the balance of the term exceeds the amount of such rental loss which the Resident
proves could be reasonable avoided, and any other damages as provided by law. Pursuant to CC1785.26 Resident is hereby notified that
a negative credit report reflecting on Resident’s credit record may be submitted to a credit reporting agency if Resident fails to fulfill
the terms of this Rental Agreement. All remedies provided herein are cumulative.
24. ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES. ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN THE PARTIES ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO A
CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURY, WHICH IS DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO, OR ARISING FROM A
CONDITION OF THE LEASED PREMISES OR THE COMMON AREAS, OR ANY EVENT THEREON, SHALL BE
RESOLVED SOLELY BY ARBITRATION CONDUCTED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION. Any such
arbitration shall be held and conducted in the county in which the premises are located before three arbitrators, who shall be selected as
follows: The claimant and respondent shall each select one arbitrator. The two selected arbitrators will then select a third arbitrator, and
the three arbitrators shall constitute the panel. The provisions of the American Arbitration Association rules shall apply and govern
such arbitration, subject, however, to the following: (a) Any demand for arbitration shall be made in writing and must be made within
180 days after the claim, dispute or other matter in question has arisen. In no event shall the demand for arbitration be made after the
date that institution of legal or equitable proceedings based on such a matter would have been barred by the applicable statute of
limitations. (b) The arbitrators’ jurisdiction extends to all punitive damages claims and call actions. (c) Each party shall bear their own
respective fees and cost relative to the arbitration process, and attorneys’ fees, if awarded shall not exceed $500.00. (d) All
administrative fees and costs, including but not limited to the arbitrators’ fees relative to the arbitration process must be advanced prior
to the selection of the arbitration panel and shall be borne equally by all parties. (e) The decision of the arbitrators shall be final, and
judgment may be entered on it in accordance with applicable law.
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This provision shall not affect nor apply to any circumstance or event in which the Resident is in breach or default of any term of the
tenancy agreement, including but not limited to those circumstances which would give rise to a cause of action for Unlawful Detainer
under the laws of the State of California. Said actions for unlawful detainer are specifically excluded from this provision.
25. ATTORNEYS’ FEES / WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. If any legal action or proceeding is brought by either party to enforce any
part of this agreement, the prevailing party shall recover, in addition to all other relief, reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees, whether or
not the action proceeds to judgment. If a legal action or proceeding is brought to enforce any of the obligations of this agreement, the
parties agree that the reasonable attorney’s fees to be awarded shall not exceed $500 to the prevailing party in any action or proceeding.
In no instance shall this provision limit the court from awarding additional sanctions pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure or the
California Rules of Court. RECOGNIZING THAT JURY TRIALS ARE BOTH TIME CONSUMING AND EXPENSIVE,
OWNER AND RESIDENT HEREBY WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY ON ANY MATTER ARISING OUT
OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR THE USE, OR THE OCCUPANCY OF THE PREMISES HEREIN.
26. The California Department of Justice, sheriff’s departments, police departments serving jurisdictions of 200,000 or more and many
other local law enforcement authorities maintain for public access a data base of the locations of persons required to register pursuant to
paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 290.4 of the Penal Code. The data base is updated on a quarterly basis and a source of
information about the presence of these individuals in any neighborhood. The Department of Justice also maintains a Sex Offender
Identification Line through which inquiries about individuals may be made. This is a “900” telephone service. Callers must have
specific information about individuals they are checking. Information regarding neighborhoods is not available through the “900”
telephone service.
27. GENERAL. Each and every term, covenant and agreement herein contained shall be deemed a condition hereof. No oral
agreements have been entered into, and this Agreement shall not be modified unless such modification is reduced to writing. The terms
of a periodic tenancy may be modified by the Owner by the service of a 30 day written notice. Waiver of any breach of any term or
condition of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of subsequent breaches. The invalidity or partial invalidity of any provision of
this Agreement shall not render the remainder of the Agreement invalid or unenforceable. Time is of the essence in this Agreement and
each provision herein contained. Words used in the singular shall include the plural, and vice versa, where the context requires. The
breach of any of the covenants or terms of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a material and total breach of this entire Agreement
and shall give rise to all rights of termination. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs,
administrators, successors and assigns of all the parties hereto, and all of the parties hereto shall be jointly and severally liable
hereunder. Any and all monetary obligations pursuant to this contract, including but not limited to the reasonable cost of conducting a
pre-move out inspection, shall be deemed rent or additional rent.
By signing this agreement the parties hereto indicate that they have read and understand this entire agreement and agree to all
of the terms, covenants and conditions stated herein. Resident acknowledges receipt of a copy of this agreement with all
addenda.
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Rev. 01/01/03
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