Lease Agreement Templates

Lease Agreement Templates

A lease agreement is a binding contract between a landlord that allows a tenant to use their property in exchange for the payment of rent. The tenant will be responsible for maintaining the property in its same condition as move-in, wear-and-tear excepted. After signing, both parties will be bound to the terms of the lease until its termination.

Rental Application – Use when screening a tenant to approve for a lease.

Table of Contents

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By Type (6)


Commercial Lease Agreement – For any non-residential purpose.

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Month-to-Month Rental Agreement – A lease with no end date and continues typically until either the landlord or tenant terminates with thirty (30) days’ notice.

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement – A lease with an option to purchase the property according to the terms of the agreement.

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Roommate Lease Agreement – When only bedrooms are rented while sharing common areas such as living rooms, kitchen, and any other areas.

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Residential Lease Agreement – Most popular type of lease with a start and end date and usually for a term of one (1) year.

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Sublease Agreement – When a tenant decides to re-rent the property to a sub-tenant. Permission is required from the landlord through a consent form.

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What is a Lease?

A lease is a mutual agreement made between a landlord and tenant to use a property in exchange for the payment of rent. The landlord will give standard rights to use the property for residential or commercial use. The tenant will be required to maintain the property until the end of the lease term.

How Does a Lease Work? (5 Steps)

A simple step-by-step guide on how to properly verify a tenant and sign a legally binding lease agreement.

These generic instructions are applicable in all fifty (50) States.

Step 1 – Tenant Views the Property

The first step is the tenant views and sees if they like the property. If so, they will be asked to give their details to the agent or landlord through a rental application.


Rental Application – Contains the personal and employment details of the tenant. It also gives consent to the landlord to run a credit check and other consumer reports on the tenant. A non-refundable fee is usually required by the landlord.

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Step 2 – Landlord Screens the Tenant

After obtaining the tenant’s details, it’s time to screen the tenant. View the top 11 tenant screening services and view the tenant’s report.

A landlord should seek tenants with a credit score of 670 or higher*. For context, the average credit score in the USA is 711*.

Step 3 – Negotiate the Lease

Unless the rent was agreed to prior, it’s time to negotiate the terms of the lease. The landlord will usually not commit to any terms until the tenant’s credit is verified. If the tenant’s credit is poor, the landlord may require an extra security deposit or prepaid rent.

Step 4 – Writing the Agreement

The landlord will write the lease and give the tenant a finished copy along with any attachments. Depending on the State, the landlord may be required to add disclosures.

Common Disclosures

  • Lead-Based Paint – A disclosure that will be provided by the landlord if the property was built prior to 1978. Any property constructed before January 1, 1978, may contain lead paint within the walls. Learn more about lead paint by reading the Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home brochure.
  • Move-in Checklist – A requirement by the State or the landlord that requires a thorough inspection of the premises prior to move-in. This is intended to protect the tenant’s security deposit at the end of the lease from any unfounded maintenance claims by the landlord.

Step 5 – Signing

Both the landlord and tenant must sign for the lease to be legally binding. No witnesses or notary is required. When ready, the landlord can e-mail the tenant using an e-signature service.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

StateLawsHandbook
 AlabamaTitle 35, Chapter 9 (Landlord and Tenant), Title 35, Chapter 9A (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)The Alabama Tenants’ Handbook
 AlaskaAS 34.03 (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)The Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act: what it means to you
 ArizonaTitle 33, Chapter 10 (Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Arizona Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
 ArkansasArk. Code Ann. Title 18, Subtitle 2, Chapter 17 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Landlord and Tenant Relationships
 CaliforniaCal. Civ. Code Division 3, Part 4, Title 5, Chapter 2 (Hiring of Real Property)California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities
 ColoradoTitle 38, Article 12 (Tenants and Landlords)Landlord and Tenant Rights
 ConnecticutTitle 47a (Landlord and Tenant)A Guide to Housing Matters
 DelawareTitle 25, Part III (Residential Landlord Tenant Code)A Summary of the Delaware Residential Landlord Tenant Code (Delaware Department of Justice)
 FloridaTitle 86, Chapter 83, Part II (Residential Tenancies)Florida’s Landlord/Tenant Law
 GeorgiaTitle 44, Chapter 7 (Landlord and Tenant)Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handbook
 HawaiiChapter 521 (Residential Landlord-Tenant Code)Landlord-Tenant Handbook
 IdahoTitle 6, Chapter 3 (Forcible Entry and Unlawful Detainer); Title 55, Chapter 3 (Rights and Obligations of Owners)Landlord and Tenant Guidelines
 IllinoisChapter 765, Section 705 (Landlord and Tenant Act)Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws
 IndianaTitle 32, Article 31 (Landlord-Tenant Relations)Indiana Tenants’ Rights
 IowaTitle XIV, Chapter 562A (Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Law)A Guide to Landlord-Tenant Law in Iowa
 KansasChapter 58, Article 25 (Landlords and Tenants)Tenant Handbook (Kansas State)
 KentuckyChapter 383 (Landlord and Tenant)Kentucky Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs
 LouisianaCivil Code §§ 26682729 (leases generally); Code of Civil Procedure §§ 4701§ 4735 (evictions); Revised Statutes §§ 9:3201 9:3261.1 (ancillary provisions)A Guide to Landlord-Tenant Law (State Attorney General)
 MaineTitle 40, Chapter 709, Subchapter 1 (Residential Landlords and Tenants)The Rights of Tenants in Maine
 MarylandReal Property, Title 8 (Landlord and Tenant)Landlords and Tenants: Tips on Avoiding Disputes
 MassachusettsGeneral Laws, Chapter 186 (Landlord-Tenant Law)Guide to Landlord-Tenant Rights (Office of Attorney General)
 MichiganChapter 554 §§ 601-616 (Landlord and Tenant Relationships), Chapter 554 §§ 631-641 (Truth in Renting Act)A Practical Guide for Tenants and Landlords
 MinnesotaProperty and Property Interests, Chapter 504B (Landlord and Tenant)Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities
 MississippiTitle 89, Chapter 8 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Moving In: A Guide to Landlord-Tenant Law
 MissouriTitle XXIX, Chapter 441 (Landlord and Tenant), Title XXXVI, Chapter 535 (Landlord-Tenant Actions)The Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants (Missouri Attorney General’s Office)
 MontanaTitle 70, Chapter 24 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1977), Chapter 25 (Residential Tenants’ Security Deposits)Tenants and Landlords (Montana Department of Justice)
 NebraskaChapter 76, Article 14 (Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act)Landlord and Tenant Handbook
 NevadaChapter 118 (Landlord and Tenant: Dwellings)Landlord-Tenant Handbook (Nevada Courts)
 New HampshireTitle 540 (Actions Against Tenants), Title 540-A (Prohibited Practices and Security Deposits)Renting, Security Deposits, and Evictions (New Hampshire Department of Justice)
 New JerseyTitle 46, Chapter 8 (Truth-in-Renting Act); Title 2A, Chapter 42, Sections 196Truth in Renting (Department of Community Affairs)
 New MexicoChapter 47, Article 8, (Uniform Owner-Resident Relations Act)New Mexico Renter’s Guide
 New YorkGeneral Obligations, Article 7 (Obligations Related to Property Received as Security), Real Property, Article 7 (Landlord and Tenant); Real Property Actions and Proceedings, Article 7 (Summary Proceeding to Recover Possession of Real Property)Residential Tenant’s Rights (New York State Attorney General)
 North CarolinaChapter 42 (Landlord and Tenant)Landlord-Tenant Law
 North DakotaTitle 47, Chapter 16 (Leasing of Real Property)Tenant Rights (North Dakota Attorney General)
 OhioChapter 5321 (Landlords and Tenants)Landlord-Tenant Handbook
 OklahomaTitle 41 (Landlord and Tenant)Landlord and Tenant: Rights and Duties
 OregonVolume 3, Chapter 90 (Residential Landlord and Tenant)Landlord-Tenant Law in Oregon
 PennsylvaniaTitle 68, Chapter 8 (Landlord and Tenant)Know Your Rights as a Renter in Pennsylvania
 Rhode IslandTitle 34, Chapter 18 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)The Rhode Island Landlord-Tenant Handbook
 South CarolinaTitle 27, Chapter 40 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Landlord & Tenant Law in South Carolina
 South DakotaTitle 43, Chapter 32 (Leases of Real Property)Landlord-Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
 TennesseeTitle 66, Chapter 28 (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Healthy Homes – Renters (Tennessee Department of Health)
 TexasProperty Code, Chapter 91 (Provisions Generally Applicable to Landlords and Tenants), Chapter 92 (Residential Tenancies)Tenant’s Rights Handbook
 UtahTitle 57, Chapters 17 (Residential Renters’ Deposits) and 22 (Fit Premises Act)Renting in Utah
 VermontTitle 9, Chapter 137 (Residential Rental Agreements)Renting in Vermont
 VirginiaTitle 55.1, Chapter 12 (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)Landlord-Tenant Handbook (Department of Housing and Community Development)
 WashingtonChapter 59.18 (Residential Landlord-Tenant Act)Landlord-Tenant Rights (Washington State Bar Association)
Washington D.C.
West VirginiaChapter 37, Article 6 (Landlord and Tenant), Chapter 37, Article 6A (Residential Rental Security Deposits)Renter’s Rights (West Virginia Office of the Attorney General)
 WisconsinWisconsin Statutes, Chapter 704 (Landlord and Tenant), Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter ATCP 134 (Residential Rental Practices)Landlord and Tenant Guide
 WyomingTitle 1, Chapter 21, Article 12 (Residential Rental Property)Landlord-Tenant Information (University of Wyoming)

Security Deposit Laws

StateMaximum AmountReturning to Tenant (after lease ends)Statutes 
 Alabama1 months’ rent60 daysSection 35-9A-201(a), Section 35-9A-201(b)
 Alaska2 months’ rent14 days§ 34.03.070(a), § 34.03.070(g)
 Arizona1.5 months’ rent14 days§33-1321(B), §33-1321(D)
 Arkansas2 months’ rent60 days§18-16-304, §18-16-305
 California3 months’ rent21 days§1950.5(c), §1950.5(g)
 ColoradoNone30 daysC.R.S. 38-12-103
 Connecticut2 months’ rent30 days§47a-21(b), §47a-21(d)
 Delaware1 months’ rent20 daysTit. 25 § 5514(a), Tit. 25 § 5514(e)
 FloridaNone15 days§83-49(3)(a)
 GeorgiaNone30 days§ 44-7-34
 Hawaii1 months’ rent14 days§521-44(b), §521-44(c)
 IdahoNone30 days§ 6-321
 IllinoisNone30 days765 ILCS 710
 IndianaNone45 days§ 32-31-3-12
 Iowa2 months’ rent30 days§ 562A.12.1, § 562A.12.3.a
 Kansas2 months’ rent30 days§ 58-2550(a), § 58-2550(b)
 KentuckyNone60 days§ 383.580
 LouisianaNone30 daysR.S. §  9:3251
 Maine2 months’ rent21 days§ 6032, § 6033
 Maryland2 months’ rent45 days§ 8–203
 Massachusetts1 months’ rent30 daysch. 186, § 15(B)(iii), ch. 186, §15B(4)
 Michigan1.5 months’ rent45 days§554.602, §554.613(1)
 MinnesotaNone21 days§ 504B.178
 MississippiNone45 days§ 89-8-21
 Missouri2 months’ rent30 days§ 535.300.1, § 535.300.3
 MontanaNone30 days§ 70-25-202
 Nebraska1.25 months’ rent14 days§ 76-1416(1), § 76-1416(2)
 Nevada3 months’ rent30 days§118A.242.1, §118A.242.4
 New Hampshire1 months’ rent30 days§540-A:6, §540-A:7
 New Jersey1.5 months’ rent30 days§46:8-21.2, §46:8-21.1
 New Mexico1 months’ rent30 days§47-8-18-A(1), §47-8-18-C
 New York1 months’ rent14 daysReal Prop. § 7-108-1(a), Real Prop. § 7-108(e)
 North Carolina2 months’ rent30 days§42-51, §42-52
 North Dakota1 months’ rent30 days§47-16-07.1
 OhioNone30 days§5321.16
 OklahomaNone45 days§ 41-115
 OregonNone31 days§ 90.300
 Pennsylvania2 months’ rent30 days§250.511a, § 250.512
 Rhode Island1 months’ rent20 days§ 34-18-19(a), § 34-18-19(b)
 South CarolinaNone30 days§ 27-40-410
 South Dakota1 months’ rent14 days§ 43-32-6.1, §43-32-24
 TennesseeNone60 days§ 66-29-301
 TexasNone30 days§ 92.103
 UtahNone30 days§57-17-3
 VermontNone14 days§ 4461, § 4461(c)
 Virginia2 months’ rent45 days§ 55.1-1204, § 55.1-1226
 WashingtonNone21 days§59.18.270
Washington D.C.1 months’ rent45 days§ 14-308.2, § 14-309.1
West VirginiaNoneNone§37-6A-2
 WisconsinNone21 days§ 704.28
 WyomingNone30 days§ 1-21-1208

When is Rent Due?

StateGrace PeriodMaximum FeesNSF Fees
 AlabamaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 35-9A-161)No maximum.$30 (§ 12-17-224)
 AlaskaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (AS 34.03.020(c))No maximum.$30 (§ 09.68.115(a)(2))
 ArizonaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 33-1368(B)).Must be “reasonable” and mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 33-1368(B)).$25 (§ 44-6852)
 ArkansasThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (§ 18-17-401(b)(1)§ 18-17-701(b)).No maximum.$30 (AR Code § 5-37-304(a)(2)(A)(ii))
 CaliforniaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (CIV Code 1947).Must be a “good faith estimate of the damages likely to be suffered by the landlord in the case of late payment,” and the amount must be written in the lease agreement (Orozco v. Casimiro, 121 Cal. App.4th Supp. 7 (2004)CIV Code 1962).$25 (CA Penal Code § 476a(h))
 ColoradoNot defined (no statute).No maximum.$20 (CO Rev. Stat. § 13-21-209)
 ConnecticutThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a nine (9) day grace period (§ 47a-3a(a)§ 47a-15a).No maximum.$20 (CT Gen Stat § 52-565a(i))
 DelawareThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (Title 25, § 5501(b),  Title 25, § 5501(d)).No more than five percent (5%) of the monthly rent (Title 25, § 5501(d)).Unspecified (11 DE Code § 900)
 FloridaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 83.46(1)).No maximum.

$25 if amount due is $50 or less;

$30 if amount due is between $50 and $300;

$40 if amount due is more than $300 (FL Stat § 832.08(5)).

 GeorgiaNot defined (no statute).No maximum, but the landlord can charge interest on the monthly rent amount (Ga. Code § 44-7-16).$30 or five percent (5%) of the amount due (GA Code § 13-6-15(b)).
 HawaiiThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 521-21(b)).No more than eight percent (8%) of the monthly rent (§ 521-21(f)).Not defined (no statute).
 IdahoNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Whichever is greater between $20 and the amount overdue (ID Code § 28-22-105).
 IllinoisNot defined (no statute).

No maximum outside Chicago.

In Chicago the maximum is $10.00 per month for the first $500.00 in monthly rent, plus five percent (5%) of any amount in excess of $500.00 per month (5-12-140(h)).

Between $100 and $1,500 (720 ILCS 5/17-1a).
 IndianaNot defined (no statute).No maximum.

Three (3) times the amount due if the amount is $250 or less.

The amount due plus $500 if the amount is more than $250 (IN Code § 26-2-7-6(b)).

 IowaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (562A.9(3)).

If the monthly rent is $700.00 or less, the maximum late fee is $12.oo per day or $60.00 per month.

If the monthly rent is more than $700.00, the maximum late fee is $20.00 per day or $100.00 per month (562A.9(4)).

Three (3) times the amount due, not to exceed $500 plus the amount due (IA Code § 554.3513).
 KansasThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 58-2545(c)).No maximum.

Three (3) times the amount due not to exceed $500 plus the amount due; or

$100, whichever is greater (KS Stat § 60-2610(a)).

 KentuckyThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 383.565(2)).No maximum.$50 (KY Rev Stat § 514.040)
 LouisianaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (La. Civ. Code art. 2703(1)).No maximum.Whichever is greater between $25 and five percent (5%) of the amount due (LA RS § 9:2782).
 MaineThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a fifteen (15) day grace period (Chapter 710, §6028(1)).No more than four percent (4%) of the monthly rent (Chapter 710, §6028(2)).The amount due plus 12% interest per annum (14 M.R.S.A. § 6071).
 MarylandThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 8-401(a)).No more than five percent (5%) of the monthly rent (Md. Code, Real. Prop. § 8-208(d)(3)).$35 (MD Comm L Code § 15-802)
 MassachusettsThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a thirty (30) day grace period (Chapter 186, Section 15B(1)(c)).No maximum.Between $100 and $500 (G.L.c. 93, § 40A)
 MichiganThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 554.131).No maximum.$25 (§ 600.2952)
 MinnesotaNot defined (no statute).No more than eight percent (8%) of the monthly rent (504B.177(a)).$30 (MN Stat § 604.113)
 MississippiNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Between $25 and $500 (MS Code § 97-19-67)
 MissouriThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (Rev. § 535.060).No maximum.

$25 for amounts less than $100;

$50 for amounts between $100 and $250; and

Ten percent (10%) of the amount not to exceed $75 for amounts over $250 (MO Rev Stat § 570.120(5)).

 MontanaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 70-24-201(2)(c)).No maximum.$30 (MT Code § 27-1-717)
 NebraskaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 76-1414(3)).No maximum.$10 (NE Rev. Stat § 28-611)
 NevadaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (NRS 118A.210(1)).No more than five percent (5%) of the monthly rent (NRS 118A.210(4)(a)).Between $100 and $500 (NRS § 41.620 )
 New HampshireNot defined (no statute).No maximum.$25 (NH Rev Stat § 358-C:5)
 New JerseyThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) business day grace period (§ 2A:42-6.1(1)).

No maximum outside Jersey City.

$35.00 in Jersey City (Ord. 20-036).

Three (3) times the amount due or $100, whichever is greater, not to exceed $500 total (NJ Rev Stat § 2A:32A-1)
 New MexicoThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 47-8-15(B)).No more than ten percent (10%) of the monthly rent (§ 47-8-15(B)).Between $100 and $500 (NM Rev Stat § 56-14-1(A))
 New YorkThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019).Whichever is less between $50.00 and five percent (5%)  of the monthly rent (Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019).Whichever is less between twice the amount due and $400 (NY Gen Oblig L § 11-104 (3))
 North CarolinaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a four (4) day grace period (§ 42-46(a)).Whichever is greater between $15.00 and five percent (5%)  of the monthly rent (§ 42-46(a)(1)).Between $100 and $500 (NC Gen Stat § 6-21.3 (a)(ii))
 North DakotaNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).
 OhioNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).
 OklahomaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 41-109(B)).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).
 OregonThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a four (4) day grace period (§ ORS 90.220(7)(a)ORS 90.260(1)(a)).Five percent (5%) of the monthly rent every five days (ORS 90.260(2)(c)).Whichever is greater between three (3) times the amount due and $100 (ORS § 30.701).
 PennsylvaniaNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Whichever is greater between three (3) times the amount due and $100 (42 Pa.C.S.A. § 8304)
 Rhode IslandThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 34-18-15(c)).No maximum.$25 (RI Gen L § 6-42-3(b)(2))
 South CarolinaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (§ 27-40-310(c)).No maximum.$30 (SC Code § 34-11-70(a))
 South DakotaNot defined (no statute).No maximum.$40 (SDLRC § 57A-3-421)
 TennesseeThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (§ 66-28-201(c)§ 66-28-201(d)).No more than ten percent (10%) of the monthly rent (§ 66-28-201(d)).Not defined (no statute).
 TexasNot defined (no statute).

No more than twelve percent (12%) of the monthly rent when the property has four (4) or less units.

No more than ten percent (10%) of the monthly rent when the property has more than four (4) units (Sec. 92.019(1)).

Not defined (no statute).
 UtahNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).
 VermontThe day mentioned in the lease agreement (9 V.S.A. § 4455).No maximum.$5 (13 VSA § 2022)
 VirginiaThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (§ 55.1-1204(C)(4)§ 55.1-1204(C)(5)).No more than ten percent (10%) of the monthly rent (§ 55.1-1204(E)).Not defined (no statute).
 WashingtonThe day mentioned in the lease agreement, with a five (5) day grace period (RCW 59.18.170).No maximum.Up to $1,125 (RCW § 9A.56.060)
Washington D.C.
West VirginiaNot defined (no statute).No maximum.$25 (WV Code §61-3-39e)
 WisconsinNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).
 WyomingNot defined (no statute).No maximum.Not defined (no statute).