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Landlord Tenant Forms
and Tenant forms template package includes a fill
in the blank templates for rental and lease agreement
contracts, usually written, between the owner of a property
and a renter who desires to have temporary possession
of the property. As a minimum, the agreement identifies
the parties, the property, the term of the rental, and
the amount of rent for the term. The owner of the property
may be referred to as the lessor and the renter as the
lessee. Landlord documents included in this free download
include a basic
residential lease agreement form, residential
lease application form, basic
rent receipt form, notice
to vacate rental property or what is commonly called
an eviction notice form also know as a notice to
pay rent or vacate the property, tenant
background check authorization form as well as a
in and out condition checklist form as well as a
montly rental payment increase notice form. All
of thee forms are free t download and can be used in
LANDLORD TIPS AND TRICKS
SCREEN YOUR TENANTS WELL:
a background check service to see if your prospective
tenants have ever been evicted in court, have filed
bankruptcy or have and repossessions or foreclosures.
You can also obtain their credit scores and more using
one of these types of online services. You may do
this by having the prospective tenants fill out a
Background Checks includes criminal background
check, property value, lawsuits, judgments, bankruptcy,
liens and much more!
will also want to verify the prospective tenants employment
by calling their employer. Most rent to own appliance
and furniture companies verify a prospective clients
employment in this manner. You will however most likely
only get to obtain the prospective tenants length
of employment with the company. You will also want
to verify the prospective tenants rental history if
applicable. This allows the landlord to view late
or on time payment histories.
sure your rental or investment property is covered
by some type of home owners insurance policy. Make
sure that you can obtain coverage for flooding and
water damage or acts of nature if you live in an area
known to have floods, heavy rain events, earthquakes,
hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.
SOME MONEY. REUSE AND RECYCLE
landlord can save money on repairs and upgrades to
new and existing rental property by salvaging as many
things as possible from a newly vacant property to
a newly purchased investment property.
thing you as a landlord might try to do is save the
ceiling fans from newly vacant rentals or newly purchased
can clean the blades and fan motor housings to make
them look new again. This of course would require
that the landlord be a do it yourself type person,
but you can also contract out this service and others
like it for low rates. Most home cleaning companies
will thoroughly clean the ceiling fans making them
look new in appearance again.
AND RENTAL PROPERTY
you allow pets on or in your rental properties you
should always charge the tenant a pet deposit. We
recommend five hundred dollars per animal.
a small animal inside the property could damage carpeting
and other flooring and structural items inside. They
can also damage air conditioning units and other exposed
piping, wiring and woodwork exposed outside. The pet
deposit would cover most things a pet could destroy
during its stay.
in mind that dogs that remain in a contained area
such as a back yard will create trails over time.
They will continue to run along the same path time
after time and create a worn down area in the grass.
It is possible for them to kill the grass in this
area as well.
SURE YOU GET PAID ON TIME
a landlord it is ideal for a tenant to pay on time
each month as determined in the lease
agreement. If a tenant is late in paying his or
her payment the landlord may charge late fees and
court fees if the tenant is evicted. We recommend
a landlord not allow any tenant to become more than
two weeks or ten days late in past due rent. If the
landlord allows this to happen he or she will most
likely need to evict the current tenants. This will
cost you court fees and down time on an investment
property. Your ideal scenario in investment property
is to have a minimal down time for any given property.
If you as a landlord are forced to have to evict a
tenant you will have to first give the tenants a notice
to vacate the property or eviction notice. Then
you will have to wait for the time period outlined
in the notice to vacate. After the notice to pay or
vacate expires you will have to file a lawsuit in
your local court. This is usually done in the municipal
court system. Then you will have to wait for the court
to give you permission to enter your property and
force the tenants to move. A police office will often
accompany you on your initial visit to the property
if the eviction is a forced evections.
A PROPERTY BACK IN THE MARKET
your rental signs in the front yard of the property
and advertise in your local newspaper classifieds
under the rental property sections. You can do this
if you have a new property or a property that is currently
undergoing an eviction.
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TENANT TIPS AND TRICKS
first thing a new tenant seeking to posses a residential
rental property is to find out is you are
being scammed or not. Believe it or not this is a
common practice that scammer's use while trying to
swindle you out of your money. You can prevent this
type of thing from happening to you by not providing
the potential landlord with a completed rental
application form just yet. Find out if your landlord
is truly the owner of the property you are interested
in. You can search for the owner of a properties name
by searching your local county clerks website to see
if your new landlord actually owns the property you
are interested in or not. It will also list other
properties owned by that person or company. If you
do not do your research you could become a victim
of a scam.
will also want to see and in some cases may be required
a renters insurance policy. Renters insurance
policies are generally inexpensive and only cover
the things that you own like your furniture, televisions,
computers, etc from theft or damage if something happens
to the property. The homeowners insurance the landlord
carries on the property is only for the structure
of the property and not its contents.
a video surveillance system that watches the inside
and outside of your property. This will cover
you in the case of creepy landlords that invade your
privacy without your knowledge to inspect the property
while you are living there without your knowledge.
This is illegal and the landlord could face fines
as well as jail time for doing things like this. If
you suspect your landlord of such behaviors you should
invest in a camera set. best Buy sells wireless camera
sets for around three hundred dollars. It is also
a good idea to have this just in case you want to
keep an eye on your property while you are at work,
play or away in general. Most camera systems come
with software that will allow you to monitor your
home from your smart phone or mobile device.
the school districts in the neighborhood
you are planning on moving in to. Not all school districts
are the same. You want to make sure you are going
to be able to send your child to a good public school
if you do not want to or have to send them to a private
your landlord in the form of a cashiers check
issued by your bank. This payment option ensures that
your payment is FDIC insured as well as not exposing
your personal banking account information over to
your landlord. He or she might not have any intentions
of using the information themselves but you do not
know the computer browsing habits of your landlord
and you may become a victim of identity theft from
your landlord immediately if anything covered
in the lease that is the responsibility of the landlord
to fix or replace breaks or becomes damaged in any
way. If you wait to tell the landlord of things like
a leaking roof the property may become more damaged
over time by the lack of you informing the landlord
of the leak and you may be legally responsible for
the damages to the property that exceed the original
cost of repairs or replacement if the landlord had
been notified sooner. Make sure to keep a copy of
move in - out property condition checklist. This
is a document that you should receive from your landlord
when you move in to the property. It should outline
the condition of such things like light fixtures,
windows, doors, sheet rock, drywall and other things
that are in good working condition or not in good
working condition at the time you take possession
of the rental property.
not to rent your home for very long. Save
up money every month to put a down payment on your
own home. After al, that is most likely the goal of
many American couples. Owning is better than renting
in many ways. You can decide later to move after you
have equity built up in the property and move to a
new property and rent your old property out. This
is how most landlords get started flipping houses.
If you do it the correct way it could pay off for
you in your future.
sure that if you as a tenant are going to be living
in the rental property for more than the terms of
the lease agreement that you obtain a new
lease agreement from your landlord as soon as possible.
Without a written lease in most cases the lease agreement
expires and the tenant become "month to month"
tenants and the landlord can make you move if he chooses
to do so. This may catch some people off guard but
it is a fact. If you do not have a lease agreement
with your landlord you may be forced to find another
place to live if the landlord has other plans for
your property. In most cases a landlord is required
to give you a thirty day notice that he plans to sell
the property you are living in. In some cases the
landlord may give the current tenants the option to
purchase the property.
rental agreement is a contract, usually written, between
the owner of a property and a renter who desires to
have temporary possession of the property. As a minimum,
the agreement identifies the parties, the property,
the term of the rental, and the amount of rent for
the term. The owner of the property may be referred
to as the lessor and the renter as the lessee.
rental agreement is often called a lease, especially
when real estate is rented. In addition to the basics
of a rental (who, what, when, how much), a real estate
rental may go into much more detail on these and other
issues. The real estate may be rented for housing,
parking a vehicle(s), storage, business, agricultural,
institutional, or government use, or other reasons.
The parties involved in the contract, the lessor (sometimes
called the owner or landlord) and the lessee (sometimes
called the renter or tenant) are identified in the
contract. A housing lease may specify whether the
renter is living alone, with family, children, room-mate,
visitors. A rental may delineate the rights and obligations
of each of these. For example, a "sub-let"
to a stranger might not be permitted without permission
of the landlord. This also applies to whether or not
pets may be kept by the renter. On the other hand,
the renter may also have specific rights against intrusions
by the landlord (or other tenants), except under emergency
circumstances. A renter is in possession of the property,
and a landlord would be trespassing upon the renter's
rights if entry is made without proper notice and
authority (e.g., 24 hours' notice, daytime, knock
first, except for emergency repairs, in case of fire,
real estate may include all or part of almost any
real property, such as an apartment, house, building,
business office(s) or suite, land, farm, or merely
an inside or outside space to park a vehicle, or store
things. The premises rented may include not only specific
rooms, but also access to other common areas such
as off-street parking, basement or attic storage,
laundry facility, pool, roof deck, balconies, etc.
The agreement may specify how and when these places
may be used, and by whom. There may be detailed description
of the current condition of the premises, for comparison
with the condition at the time the premises are surrendered.
The term of the rental may be for a night (e.g., a
hotel room), weeks, months, or years. There may be
statutory provisions requiring registration of any
rental that could extend for more than a specified
number of years (e.g., seven) in order to be enforceable
against a new landlord.
typical rental is either annual or month-to-month,
and the amount of rent may be different for long-term
renters (because of lower turnover costs). Leaving
a long-term lease before its expiration could result
in penalties, or even the cost of the entire agreed
period (if the landlord is unable to find a suitable
replacement tenant, after diligent pursuit). If a
tenant stays beyond the end of a lease for a term
of years (one or more), then the parties may agree
that the lease will be automatically renewed, or it
may simply convert to a tenancy at will (month-to-month)
at the pro-rated monthly cost of the previous annual
lease. If a tenant at will is given notice to quit
the premises, and refuses to do so, the landlord then
begins eviction proceedings. In many places it is
completely illegal to change locks on doors, or remove
personal belongings, let alone forcibly eject a person,
without a court order of eviction. There may be strict
rules of procedure, and stiff penalties (triple damages,
plus attorneys' fees) for violations.
Rent may be payable monthly, annually, or in advance,
or as otherwise agreed. A typical arrangement for
tenancy at will is "first and last month's rent"
plus a security deposit. The "last month's rent"
is rent that has yet to be earned by the landlord.
The security deposit is often handled as an escrow
deposit, owned by the tenant, but held by the landlord
until the premises are surrendered in good condition
(ordinary wear and tear excepted). In some states,
the landlord must provide the tenant with the name
and account number of the bank where the security
deposit is held, and pay annual interest to the tenant.
Other regulations may require the landlord to submit
a list of pre-existing damage to the property, or
forfeit the security deposit immediately (because
there is no way to determine whether a prior tenant
In order to rent or lease in many apartment buildings,
a renter (also referred to as a “lessee")
is often required to provide proof of renters insurance
before signing the rental agreement. There is a special
type of the homeowners insurance in the United States
specifically for renters — HO-4. This is commonly
referred to as renter’s
insurance or renter's coverage.
Similar to condominium coverage, referred to as a
HO-6 policy, a renter's insurance policy covers those
aspects of the apartment and its contents not specifically
covered in the blanket policy written for the complex.
This policy can also cover liabilities arising from
accidents and intentional injuries for guests as well
as passers-by up to 150' of the domicile. Renter’s
policies provide "named peril" coverage,
meaning the policy states specifically what you are
insured against. Common coverage areas are fire or
lightening, windstorm, smoke, vandalism and theft.
web site is designed to give you general information.
The information on this web site is in no way intended
to be legal advice. Legal advice can only be obtained
by a licensed attorney who has the appropriate legal
skills and knowledge related to your specific circumstances.
and tenants use a Lease Agreement to document their
rights and obligations relating to a residence. This
legal contract addresses all aspects of the landlord
tenant relationship. For example, the Lease Agreement
provides how much rent the tenant will pay and how
long he or she is renting the property.
Lease Amendment is an agreement made between a Tenant
and Landlord agreeing on the modification of certain
terms of the original Lease.
document can be used to transfer the original tenant's
(the assignor's) rights and responsibilities under
a Lease to another party (the assignee).
for Franchisor Owned Locations
Sublease Agreement allows a Franchise Owner to sublet
leased property for use by a Franchisee to operate
a franchise in accordance with the Franchise Agreement
entered into by between the Franchisor and Franchisee.
Renewal Agreement This
Lease Renewal Agreement sets the terms between a Lessor
(Landlord) and a Lessee (Tenant) for the renewal of
a Lease of a property.
Subordination Agreement This
document is a contract between a Tenant, a Landlord
and a Landlord's Lender, wherein the Tenant's interest
in the property is clarified as subordinate to the
Lenders. In addition, Lender promises to honor the
lease, in the event of the Landlord's fails to make
mortgage payments, and not disturb Tenant so long
as the Tenant is current on rental payments.
Rent Notice This
letter is used by a landlord or manager to remind
tenants that a rent payment is past due.
Rent Payment Agreement The
Late Rent Payment Agreement is an agreement between
a Landlord and Tenant that provides a Tenant a set
amount of time to pay all past due rent in order to
a landlord, you want to rent your property to qualified
tenants who will take good care of the property and
pay rent on time. A Rental Application, coupled with
a Residential Lease, is critical for effective property
management. The Rental Application allows a landlord
to assess and choose applicants for a rental property.
The information provided by a Rental Application is
used to perform background and credit checks on applicants
in order to make sure they are properly qualified
to rent the property.
Inspection Worksheet This
worksheet provides a detailed checklist that may be
used by either a landlord or a tenant to document
the condition of rental property both before and after
the tenant's occupancy of the property.
a landlord, you may be required or asked to provide
a Rent Receipt to your tenants. Providing a Rent Receipt
will protect each party's interest in the rental property.
For tenants, a Rent Receipt will serve as evidence
that a rental payment has been made. For landlords,
a Rent Receipt is used for recordkeeping purposes
as well as notifying tenants of late or partial payment.
Notice to Enter This
letter is used to notify tenants of a landlord or
manager's intent to enter the premises for the limited
purposes specified in the letter.
Eviction Notice is a notice used by a landlord to
notify a tenant that he or she intends to terminate
the tenancy and remove the tenant from the property.
A landlord is required to give a tenant proper notice
before the eviction process can begin. Serving an
Eviction Notice is a required first step in order
to evict a tenant from the property. Rocket Lawyer
now has Eviction Notices for all fifty (50) states.
For your state-specific Eviction Notice, click HERE.
Process Worksheet This
worksheet is used by a landlord or manager to collect
and organize the information that is needed to initiate
eviction proceedings against a tenant.
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