1-Page (Simple) Lease Agreement

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Updated July 31, 2022

A one (1) page lease agreement is made between a landlord and tenant to create a simple rental arrangement. The lease may be for a fixed term or a month-to-month basis with general terms such as monthly rent, start and end dates, and utility responsibilities mentioned. This agreement is for residential use only.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Must be attached to the lease if the property was constructed prior to 1978.

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Disclosures


Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – Must be attached if the housing structure was built prior to 1978.

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Move-in Checklist – Required in some States and use to protect the tenant’s security deposit by marking down all known defects on the property at the start of the lease.

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Rental Application

Rental Application – Use to properly screen individuals before accepting for tenancy. Upon completion by the potential tenant, the landlord will be able to conduct a criminal and credit background check.

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SIMPLE LEASE AGREEMENT

I. THE PARTIES. This Lease Agreement (“Agreement”) made this [DATE] is between:

Landlord: [LANDLORD’S NAME] with a mailing address of [LANDLORD’S ADDRESS] (“Landlord”), and

Tenant: [TENANT’S NAME] with a mailing address of [TENANT’S ADDRESS] (“Tenant”).

II. PREMISES. The Landlord agrees to rent the following property to the Tenant in exchange for the Payment Terms in Section IV:

a.) Property Address: [ADDRESS]
b.) Residence Type: ☐ Apartment ☐ House ☐ Condo ☐ Other: [OTHER]
c.) Bedroom(s): [#] Bathroom(s): [#]

III. LEASE TYPE. This Agreement shall be considered a: (check one)

☐ – Fixed Lease. The Tenant shall be allowed to occupy the Premises starting on [START DATE], and ending on [END DATE] (“Lease Term”). At the end of the Lease Term, the Landlord and Tenant shall be required to negotiate renewal options, or the Tenant will be forced to vacate the premises.

☐ – Month-to-Month Lease. The Tenant shall be allowed to occupy the Premises on a month-to-month arrangement starting on [START DATE] and ending upon notice of [#] days from either the Landlord or Tenant (“Lease Term”).

IV. PAYMENT TERMS. During the Lease Term, the Tenant shall be responsible for the following: (check all that apply)

☐ – Monthly Rent. $[AMOUNT] due on the [#] of each month.
☐ – Security Deposit. $[AMOUNT] due at signing of this Agreement.
☐ – Last Month’s Rent. $[AMOUNT] due at signing of this Agreement.
☐ – Other. [OTHER]

V. UTILITIES. The Tenant shall be responsible for all utilities and services to the Premises except for: [UTILITIES].

VI. ADDITIONAL TERMS. [ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS]

Landlord’s Signature: ________________________________ Date: _________________
Print Name: ________________________________

Tenant’s Signature: ________________________________ Date: _________________
Print Name: ________________________________

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I. The Parties

(1) Lease Agreement Date. This agreement must be dated for proper reference in the future. Establish the first date of this paperwork’s effect on its Signature Participants (Landlord and Tenant/Tenants) by entering the intended effective date across the spaces provided by the introduction found in Section I.

(2) Landlord Identity. The Landlord’s legal identity will be required on the space labeled “Landlord.” This should be the full name of the Landlord as it appears on the books. Thus, if the Landlord is a Business (rather than a Private Party who is a Property Owner), then the legal name of the Business should be presented as it is known by the State Government where it was formed and currently operates.

(3) Landlord Address. The mailing address required to contact the Landlord regarding this lease, the property being discussed, and the Tenant/Tenants signing this paperwork requires documentation on the second space found in the “Landlord” statement presented by the First Article. If the Landlord is a Business Entity, make sure to include any information needed for official correspondence regarding this agreement to reach the proper department or directly to the Landlord/Property Manager responsible for the leased premises.

(4) Tenant Name(s). It will be necessary to name each Tenant or Tenants who shall sign this lease once it is complete. Furnish the full name of every Signature Tenant to the first space of the “Tenant(s)” statement. Each Tenant who signs this lease will be obligated by the conditions it places on his or her occupancy.

(5) Tenant Mailing Address. Every Tenant who has been identified above must have his or her mailing address presented in the “Tenant(s)” statement. The address(es) provided here must be a well-monitored and reliable method for the Tenant to receive formal correspondence regarding the residence being leased, this agreement, and the Landlord. If more space is needed then insert additional lines or develop and affix an attachment that documents the full name of each Signature Tenant with his or her address.

II. Premises

(6) Property Address. Statement (A), found in the Second Section, will seek a record of the address where the residential property being leased is physically located. This requires that the building number, the street or the road of this location, and the unit number of the premises, along with the city, the State, and the zip code needed to find and physically enter the property is furnished to the blank line labeled “Property Address.”

Select Item 7 Or Select Item 8 Or Select Item 9 Or Select And Complete Item 10

(7) Apartment. The premises being leased through this agreement will need to be properly categorized in this paperwork. Therefore locate Statement (B) in Section Two. Notice the checkbox definitions labeled “Apartment,” “House,” “Condo,” or “Other.” Select only one checkbox in this list to establish how the residence should be classified. For instance, if the premises being leased is considered a unit in an apartment building  select the “Apartment” checkbox, then continue to the next section.

(8) House. If the concerned residence is a “House,” select the second checkbox option found in Statement (B), to categorize it as such.

(9) Condo. If the residence being leased is a condominium, place a mark in the “Condo” checkbox presented in Statement (B).

(10) Other. If none of these categories can properly define the property being leased, then select the checkbox labeled “Other” and submit a record of how this property should be classified on the blank space attached to this label.

(11) Bedroom And Bathrooms. The next statement shall seek some additional basic information to better define the residence that will be leased through this agreement. Dispense the number of bedrooms found within the residence as well as the number of bathrooms it possesses to the spaces in Statement (C).

III. Lease Type

Select And Compete Item 12 Or Select And Complete Item 14

(12) Fixed Lease. The lifespan of this lease should also be established before this agreement is executed. If the Landlord will rent the residence to the Tenant for a predetermined period of time, then this will be considered a “Fixed Lease.” Since this option will assign a predetermined amount of time to this lease’s effect, some additional information will be required by the next item for this statement to be applicable.

(13) Expected Lease Term. If the lease will be effective for a fixed term, then the first calendar date when the Tenant or Tenants will be expected to live on the premises and the final date that he, she, or they will be allowed to live on the property must be defined. Use the first set of empty lines to record the first calendar date when the Tenant(s) may occupy the residence and the second set of lines to define the final date this occupancy will be allowed under this agreement.

(14) Month-To-Month. If this agreement’s lifespan will be at the will of both the Landlord and the Tenant rather than for a fixed term then the second checkbox option (labeled “Month-To-Month”) should be selected from Section III. If this statement’s checkbox is selected, then Item 15 must be completed.

(15) Monthly Term And Conditions. Should this lease be at-will (“Month-To-Month”) then it will only be in effect for as long as both the Landlord and Tenant desire. This requires that a formal start date for the Tenants’ occupancy is delivered to the first set of spaces in this option. Furthermore, the minimum number of days that the Party terminating this agreement must give as notice (to the Remaining Party) before the occupancy is officially ended must be presented on the space following the phrase “…Ending Upon Notice Of.” This notice requirement shall apply to every Party who signs this agreement.

IV. Payment Terms

Select One Or More Items From Section IV

(16) Monthly Rent. The payments required by the Tenant(s) must be documented. Section IV displays several check box options that can be used to define the payment(s) expected by the Landlord of which any that apply should be selected. Be advised, that each of these options will require definitive information submitted so that its condition of payment may be made effective. For example, if the Tenant must pay a “Monthly Rent,” then the first checkbox must be selected. When making this selection, the exact dollar amount the Landlord expects to satisfy one rent payment, as well as the calendar day of the month when that payment is due, must be presented (respectively) on the first and second spaces provided. This is a common requirement for Landlords renting a residence regardless of the type of lease involved.

(17) Security Deposit. Quite often, a Landlord will wish to safeguard his or her interest in maintaining the integrity of the property being leased while it is being rented. If the Landlord will require that this lease may only be entered provided that the Signature Tenant(s) submit a “Security Deposit” to hold for use to cover any potential damages caused by the concerned Tenant(s) then select the second checkbox. Once selected, produce the exact dollar amount of the security deposit that must be surrendered to Landlord for the duration of the lease on the space attached to the dollar sign.

(18) Last Month’s Rent. A common precaution available to some Landlords is to require that the rent due for the last month of a Tenant’s residency be paid before the signing of this lease. If this obligation must be satisfied by the Tenant(s), mark the “Last Month’s Rent” check box, then define the amount that must be paid on the blank space provided.

(19) Other Payment Terms. If the Landlord requires that any payment not defined above be submitted by the Tenant in order to sign this lease, then select the “Other” checkbox. The blank space that follows “Other” must be supplied with the reason for the additional payment and the exact dollar amount each additional payment consists of. For example, if the Landlord requires a pet deposit that is considered separate from the security defined earlier, make sure to document the amount that must be submitted and define each pet (of the Tenant) the pet security will relate to.

V. Utilities

(20) Landlord Utility Obligation(s). Naturally, a residence will require that certain utilities and services are maintained during occupancy. Often, the Tenant will be held responsible for the majority of such utility and service payments however, the Landlord can be obligated to pay for some or all utilities according to the expectations that are set by this lease and those mandated by local law. If the Landlord will be responsible to maintain any utility and/or service for the premises while the Tenant or Tenants named above occupy it, then a record of this obligation must be included in Section V. That is, list every utility (i.e. heat, water, electricity, etc.) provided to the premises that the Landlord shall pay for during the Tenant’s occupancy on the space provided following the words “…Except For.” If the Landlord will not be required to pay for any utilities or services and no such obligation is expected by Local, State, or Federal law then this line should be supplied with the word “None” or “Does Not Apply.” Every utility and service that local, State, or Federal Laws will expect the Landlord to maintain for the duration of this agreement’s effect must be presented in this section.

VI. Additional Terms

(21) Additional Lease Requirements. All the conditions for the lease of these premises must be documented in this agreement. Since the scope of this agreement currently focuses on the conditions needed to maintain a basic residential lease, any conditions or requirements that have not been presented must be directly submitted to the space in Section VI (“Additional Terms”). If there is not enough room for this task then more space may be inserted directly to the section or a document containing these additional obligations that is appropriately named and dated can be physically attached to this agreement.

Signature Acknowledgement

(22) Landlord’s Signature. The Landlord entering this agreement should sign his or her name to execute it. A deliberately executed signature must be provided even if the Landlord is a Business Entity. This can be accomplished through the actions of a Signature Representative who has been elected by the concerned Business Entity to sign this document on its behalf. The “Landlord Signature” line has been provided so that the Landlord can satisfy the execution requirements of this document by signing his or her name as an acknowledgment of the conditions and terms presented above as well as those presented through an attachment.

(23) Landlord Name. The printed name of the Landlord or that of the Landlord’s Signature Representative should be documented below the signature on the “Print Name” line. If this document was signed by a Signature Representative of the Landlord, then the Representative’s printed name should be presented with the job title he or she holds with the Landlord Business Entity named in the First Section.

(24) Tenant’s Signature. This lease will not be considered complete unless the Landlord and every Tenant entering this lease by signature properly executes this agreement. Therefore, every Tenant must sign his or her name where requested (by the “Tenant’s Signature” line). If there is more than one Tenant, then insert additional “Tenant’s Signature” lines to accommodate the signing of each Tenant’s name.

(25) Tenant’s Printed Name. In addition to the Tenant signature(s) provided, each Tenant entering this lease must also print his or her name below the signature he or she provides.