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A rental agreement review refers to the detailed assessment of a lawful document executed between a property owner and a lessee to create and manage a tenancy. In addition, these rental agreements specify every point about the two parties, i.e., the tenant and landlord, and the tenancy provisions. And both parties have to follow the regulations specified in the rental agreement.

What Do We Mean by A Rental Agreement?

A rental agreement is a documented contract that a lessee and owner sign when a lessee rents a commercial or residential property. A rental lease contract should summarize the conditions and terms of a tenancy, which incorporates the responsibilities and privileges of both the lessee(s) and the landlord. Furthermore, you can execute a rental agreement for different residential properties, such as:

  • Duplex
  • Apartment
  • Condo
  • House
  • Office
  • Townhouse

Besides, rental agreements are lawfully binding arrangements. Even if you only like to rent a home or office, you will want a rental contract to have statutory security if any disputes occur. And a rental agreement is also known as:

  • Apartment leases
  • Lease forms
  • House rental agreements
  • Lease agreements
  • Rental agreements
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Rental contracts
  • Rental tenancy agreements

Who Executes A Rental Agreement?

A rental agreement will allow owners and lessees to avoid conflicts. If issues arise, your executed contract will help you fix these problems. In addition to describing an owner's obligations and setting rules for renters residing on the property, state regulations usually need lease contracts. Additionally, different companies and people may need to utilize a rental agreement. It comprises:

  • Homeowners who are searching for tenants
  • People who wish to rent their property to friends or family members
  • Tenants looking for a living space or commercial property to rent
  • Landlords
  • Tenant placement services
  • Property leaders
  • Small companies looking for an enterprise setting
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What Does A Rental Agreement Entail?

A rental agreement should incorporate some essential details, although many lease contracts go into more detail. In addition, standard lease contracts typically comprise the following:

  1. Contact details for the owner
  2. Contact details for the lessee
  3. Facts about the property, including:
    • Amenities
    • Address
    • Square footage
  4. Type of lease
  5. Duration of lease term
  6. Rent elements, including:
    • Any late fees
    • Amount due
    • Payment schedule and frequency
  7. Any other payment details, such as particulars about the security deposit
  8. Responsibilities of the parties
  9. Rental privileges

Many conventional rental lease contracts also comprise details regarding:

  1. Any concessions or signing incentives offered to the lessee used to draw a potential tenant to lease may include:
    • Free rent for a specified period (such as one free month of rent)
    • Modifications to the property (such as new appliances or new flooring)
    • Discounts on rental expenses for the full term of the agreement
  2. If there is an alternative to buying the property; this is occasionally referred to as rent-to-own
  3. Strategies available for conflict resolution, such as mediation and arbitration
  4. Alternatives to renew the lease

A comprehensive rental agreement offers more alternatives and lawful securities than a traditional contract. Besides, a comprehensive rental agreement may determine the following:

  1. A guarantor (a third person who decides to cover the tenant's monetary commitments should the lessee default on their rent, for instance, a relative, close friend, or parent)
  2. A deposit or pet fee
  3. A designated property administrator to work on behalf of the owner
  4. If the property is furnished, possibly even a portrayal of the furnishings
  5. Whether or not a lessee can conduct a home company on the rented locations

After executing a rental agreement, the owner and lessee(s) should own a copy of the signed record.

Understanding the Types of Rental Agreement

Below are some prevalent types of rental agreement you might come across:

  • Fixed-Term Rental Agreement

    Fixed-term rental agreements have a specified end date. In addition, you use this rental lease contract when a lessee decides to lease a property for a fixed time and a specified fee. Fixed-term rental agreements utilize calendar dates to specify the beginning and termination dates of the lease. The contract ends based on the final date of the fixed-term contract, at which point a lessee and owner may execute a new lease that comprises revised dates and other details. Alternatively, the lessee can decide to proceed at that point.

  • Month-to-Month Rental Agreements

    These short-term rental agreements are valuable if an owner doesn't want to commit to leasing their property for one year or longer but still wants to safeguard their privileges. In addition, month-to-month rental agreements offer flexibility to both owners and lessees.

  • Vacation or short-term rental agreements

    People use these rental agreements to lease the property for a short duration, most typically when the premises is utilized as a vacation rental. These contracts generally are for one month and usually explain the regulations to the tenants and what they can anticipate upon arrival.

  • Commercial Rental Agreements

    A commercial rental agreement is usually the most suitable choice if a lessee wishes to lease a property to run a business. Commercial lease contracts can be utilized to rent the following:

    1. Office buildings
    2. Industrial facilities
    3. Restaurants
    4. Retail spaces
  • Residential Rental Agreements

    Traditional rental agreements can be executed to rent out a residential property for a specified duration, generally one year. These contracts contain important standard clauses that might vary depending on your state. And you can use a residential rental agreement for the following:

    1. Apartments
    2. Duplexes
    3. Basements
    4. Condos
    5. Houses
    6. Studios
    7. Townhouses
    8. Mobile homes

Key Terms

  • Broker: A broker is a skilled representative who performs on commission and assists in negotiating lease contracts between the landlord and the tenant.
  • Co-tenant: Co-tenants are two (or more) individuals who executed the lease with the purpose that both or all will inhabit the property and be equally accountable for rent and other lease requirements. Co-tenants have similar and shared responsibility and legal privileges under the rental contract.


To sum up, a rental agreement is a lawful paper that summarizes the detailed provisions of a rental property. It generally comprises details about the lessee, the owner, and the residential or commercial property. The rental property agreement is significant because it can assist both parties in understanding their privileges and obligations. And both parties should execute the contract to guarantee that they have skimmed through it and agreed to its provisions. Moreover, if you are looking for dependable attorneys for your rental agreement review, look no further than our attorneys at ContractsCounsel.

ContractsCounsel is not a law firm, and this post should not be considered and does not contain legal advice. To ensure the information and advice in this post are correct, sufficient, and appropriate for your situation, please consult a licensed attorney. Also, using or accessing ContractsCounsel's site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and ContractsCounsel.

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