Length of a standard residential lease agreement?
I am in the process of looking for a new place to rent and want to make sure I understand my rights as a tenant. I am looking to sign a residential lease agreement and was wondering what the standard length of the agreement is so I can plan accordingly. I want to make sure I am aware of any potential pitfalls or issues that may arise from signing a long-term lease.
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Being a landlord myself, and haven’t been involved in numerous residential landlord/tenant proceedings, my experience is that most residential leases are for one year. However, that being said we do live in Florida, and there are a lot of people who come down here just for the winter, which therefore involves shorter term leases. And if it is a condominium, the minimum length of time is determined by the condominium documents. If it is a home in a community, it would be covered by the HOA documents. Freestanding homes are limitless.