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Reasons to create a residential lease

Create a Residential Lease - Earn Income on Your Real Estate Property

Earn income on your real estate.

Becoming a landlord allows you to increase the return on your investment.

Protect Yourself and Your Investment - Create a Residential Lease Agreement Online

Protect yourself and your investment.

A lease limits your risk and defines your relationship with your tenants.

Know Your Rights and Responsiblities with a Rental Agreement

Know your rights and responsibilities.

A rental agreement covers deposits, late fees, maintenance and landlord obligations.

Do I need a lease for my rental property?

A residential lease agreement is designed to limit your potential liability, and to explicitly define the duties and responsibilities of both you and your tenants, based on the laws of your state. A solid residential lease is an important part of protecting your rental property, so you're free to focus on increasing the return on your investment.

Can I specify details in the lease?

You can choose to include the features and options that are applicable to your property—pets, parking, appliances, utilities and more. The lease also spells out details about security deposits, late fees and other issues according to your local and state laws.

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Deluxe Package

$29

Personalized lease

A legal document with details specific to your state.

State-required disclosure forms

Laws vary by state, and we'll make sure you get what you need.

Forms for managing your rental

The package includes checklists and paperwork to help you manage your property.

Unlimited revisions for 1 week

Your lease agreement forms are easy to update if the details change.

Premier Package

$49

Personalized lease

A legal document with details specific to your state.

State-required disclosure forms

Laws vary state to state, and we'll make sure you get what you need.

Forms for managing your rental

The package includes checklists and paperwork to help you manage your property.

Unlimited revisions for 6 months

Your lease agreement forms are easy to update if the details change.


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Common questions

As a landlord, how much maintenance am I required to do?
You're responsible to keep the premises safe, sanitary and habitable throughout the entire term of the lease. This includes working doors, faucets, toilets and heaters.
How much can I charge for late rent payments?
The amount depends based on the location of the property. Some states require a flat rate and others allow you to charge a percentage of the monthly rent.
Am I required to pay for certain utilities?
Typically, landlords decide whether to cover the cost of utilities or require the tenant to assume that responsibility. Often, a landlord will cover the cost of water and garbage pick-up, and leave everything else to the tenant.
What kind of damages can I deduct from the security deposit?
A security deposit may cover any damages to the property beyond normal wear and tear. You may also be entitled to use a security deposit to clean the premises and cover unpaid utilities or rent, depending on your state.
How long do I have to return a security deposit?
The timeframe ranges anywhere from 10 to 45 days or more after the tenant has vacated the property, depending on your state.

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Create and Download a Residential Lease Agreement Online with LegalZoom

Becoming a landlord is a great way to increase the return on your investment. Before you rent your property to a tenant, however, consider drafting a residential lease agreement to reduce your liability risk and help protect your investment. You may need a rental agreement if you are a landlord about to lease residential property to a tenant and you want a formal record of your lease agreement or you are a homeowner who wants to rent a room in your home to a tenant. Another reason to draft a lease agreement form is if you are a prospective tenant who wants to lease residential property and the landlord doesn't have a lease form. If you are currently in a landlord-tenant relationship without a written lease and you want to formalize your agreement, a rental lease agreement can also be used in this situation. A residential lease makes things official. It allows a landlord and a tenant to agree on lease terms – including everything from the amount of rent to the length of the lease – and put it in writing. Create a residential lease agreement or apartment lease agreement online with LegalZoom. Begin by answering a few simple questions, then preview your lease and select your package. You can download, save and print your lease immediately.