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Pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act in the ___(State/Province)__ of __(name of State or Province)

  1. THE RENTAL AGREEMENT IS MADE IN DUPLICATE BETWEEN __(Name of Landlord)___ at __(address of Landlord)__, hereinafter referred to as “Landlord,” - and-

    __(Name of Tenant)__ and __(Name of Tenant)__, hereinafter referred to as "Tenant(s)." THE PARTIES AGREE THAT:
  2. PROPERTY DESCEIPTION Landlord agrees to lease to Tenant, the residential premises located at: ___(complete address including city and state)__
  3. USE OF OCCUPANCY Tenant agrees to rent the said premises to be used and occupied solely as a residence and will not use it for any other purpose whatsoever
  4. TERM The term of this agreement is for __(# months/years/etc.)__, commencing on __(date)__ and ending on __(date)__.
  5. RENT The Tenant agrees to pay rent at a rate of __($amount)__ per __(month/week/etc)__. The first payment of rent is due on __(date)__, and thereafter on the __( i.e. 1st)__ day of each __(month/week)__ etc.

    Unless otherwise agreed upon, the tenant shall ensure all rental payments are sent or delivered to the Landlord or Landlord’s agent. Rent may also be paid by postdated check. The Landlord must provide a receipt to the Tenant for any rent received.
      The rent mentioned above includes provision of and payment for the following services and facilities:
      __ Heat __ Electricity __ Water __ Cable TV Service __Grass Cutting
      __ Washer & Dryer (without charge or coin operated) __ Parking Space (# stalls)__
      __ Snow Removal for Parking Lot and Walkways
      __ Furniture: __List Furniture___________________________
    2. The following services are the responsibility of the Tenant __ Heat __ Electricity __ Water __ Cable TV Service __Grass Cutting
      __ Snow Removal for Parking Lot and Walkways
  7. SECURITY DEPOSIT The Landlord hereby acknowledges receipt of a security deposit in the amount __($amount)__, to be held in trust. If the premises are surrendered to the Landlord at the termination or expiration of this Lease Agreement in a clean and undamaged condition acceptable to Landlord, Landlord shall return the refundable security deposit to the Tenant. However, if the premises are delivered to the Landlord in an unclean or damaged condition not acceptable to Landlord, Landlord may, at Landlord’s option, retain all or a portion of the refundable security deposit, and may hold Tenant liable of any additional charges.
  8. OTHER OCCUPANTS In addition to the Tenant(s) as named in this Lease Agreement, the following occupants may reside at the rented premises:
    1. __i.e. Children of the Tenant__
    2. 2. __________________
    3. 3. _______________________
    4. 4. __________________
    Tenant agrees that only persons named in this Lease Agreement shall be permitted to occupy the rented premises or any part thereof. Any such persons occupying the premises without prior, express, and written consent of the Landlord shall be deemed as an act of mater non-compliance by the Tenant of this Agreement and the Landlord may terminate this Agreement pursuant to __(list section of the Landlord & Tenancy Act that allows this action from the Landlord)__.
  9. REASONABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS The Tenant agrees to comply with any rules concerning the Tenant’s use, occupancy of the residential premises or building or use of services and facilities provided by the Landlord, provided that the rules are in writing, are reasonable in all circumstances and the Tenant is give a copy of the rules at the time entering into the Rental Agreement and is given a copy of the amendments.
  10. NOTICE OF TERMINATION Notice to terminate the residential premises shall be given in writing as outlined below:
    Pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act in the ___(State/Province)__ of __(name of State or Province)
    1. By the Landlord __( Example: Not less than three months before the end of the rental period)__
  11. ASSIGNMENT AND SUBLETTING The Tenant shall not assign this lease, or sublet the premises or any part of the premises without the prior, express, and written consent of Landlord.
  12. ENTRY OF PREMISES Except in the case of an emergency, the Landlord shall not enter the premises with the consent of the Tenant unless:
    1. Notice of termination of the Lease Agreement has been given and the entry is at a reasonable time for the purpose of exhibiting the premises to a prospective Tenant or purchaser and a reasonable effort has been made to give the Tenant at least four hours notice;
    2. The entry is made at a reasonable time and written notice of the time of the entry has been given to the Tenant at least twenty-four hours in advance of the entry; or
    4. The tenant has abandoned the premises.
  13. MITIGATION ON ABANDONMENT Where the Tenant abandons the premises, the Landlord shall mitigate damages that may be caused by the abandonment to the extent that a party to a contract is required by law to mitigate damages.
  14. ENTRY DOORS Except by mutual consent, neither the Landlord nor the Tenant shall, during the use or occupancy of the premises by the Tenant, alter a lock or locking system on a door that fives entry to the premises
    1. The Tenant shall not unreasonably interfere with the rights of the landlord, or other tenants in the premises, a common area or the property of which they form a part.
    2. The Landlord shall not unreasonably interfere with the Tenant’s peaceful enjoyment of the premises, a common area or the property of which they form a part.
  16. DISCONNECTION OF SERVICES A Landlord or Tenant shall not, without the written consent of the other party to the Lease Agreement, disconnect or cause to be disconnected, heat, water, or electrical power services being provided to the premises.
  17. PETS/ANIMALS Tenant shall keep no domestic or other animals in or about the rented premises without the prior, express, and written consent of Landlord.
  19. TENANT LIABILITY/RENTER’S INSURANCE Tenant assumes all liability for personal injury, property damage or loss, and insurable risks. Landlord strongly recommends that Tenant obtain and keep renter’s insurance in full force and effect during the full term of this Agreement.
  20. WASTE, NUISANCE, OR UNLAWFUL USE Tenant agrees not to maintain or permit to be maintained waste or nuisance on the premises, or permit the premises to be used in an unlawful manner.
  21. LATE OR PARTIAL PAYMENTS The acceptance by Landlord of any late or partial payment shall not change the due date or amount of any required payment in the future and shall not relieve Tenant of any obligation to pay the balance of the Rent and any applicable late fees or costs
  22. WAIVERS No waiver by Landlord of any provision herein shall be enforceable against Landlord unless in writing signed by Landlord, nor shall it be deemed a waiver of any other provision herein or of any subsequent breach by Tenant of the same or any other provision. Landlord’s consent to or approval of any act shall not constitute a continuing consent to or approval of an subsequent act by Tenant.
  23. REDELIVERY OF PREMISES At the end of the term of this Lease, Tenant shall deliver up the premises to Landlord in as good condition as they are now, ordinary wear, decay, and damage by the elements excepted.
  24. OPTION TO RENEW Tenant is granted the option of renewing this Lease for an additional term of __(# months/years)__ under the same terms and conditions as contained in this Lease Agreement and at the __(monthly/annual)__rent of __($amount)__. If Tenant elects to exercise this option, __(# weeks/months)__ written notice must be given to Landlord prior to the expiration of this Lease.
  25. DEFAULT If Tenant defaults in the payment of rent or any part of the rent payments due as scheduled in the Lease Agreement, or if Tenant defaults in the performance of or compliance with any other provision of this lease agreement and any other rules and regulations attached to a forming part of this Agreement, at the option of Landlord, this Lease may be terminated and Landlord may reenter the premises and retake possession and recover damages, including costs and attorney fees. Tenant shall be given __(#)__ days written notice of any default or breach. Termination and forfeiture of the Lease shall not result if, within __(#)__ days of receipt of such notice, Tenant has corrected the default or breach or has taken action reasonably likely to effect correction within a reasonable time.
  26. DESTRUCTION OF PREMISES AND EMINENT DOMAIN In the event the leased premises are destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by fire, storm, or earthquake, or other casualty not caused by the negligence of Landlord, or if the leased premises are taken by eminent domain, this lease shall be at an end from such time except for the purpose of enforcing rights that may have then accrued under this Lease Agreement. The rental shall then be accounted for between Landlord and Tenant up to the time of such injury or destruction or taking of the premises, Tenant paying up to such date and Landlord refunding the rent collected beyond such date. Should a part only of the leased premises be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by fire, storm, earthquake, or other casualty not caused by the negligence of Landlord, the rental shall abate in the proportion that the injured part bears to the whole leased premises. The part so injured shall be restored by Landlord as quickly as practicable, after which the full rent shall recommence and the Lease continue according to its terms. Any condemnation award concerning the leased premises shall belong exclusively to Landlord.
  27. DELAY IN OR IMPOSSIBILITY OF DELIVERY OF POSSESSION In the event possession cannot be delivered to lessee on commencement of the Lease term, through no fault of Landlord or Landlord’s agents, there shall be no liability on Landlord or Landlord’s agents, but the rental provided in this Lease agreement shall abate until possession is given. Landlord or Landlord’s agents shall have __(#)__ days in which to give possession, and if possession is tendered within that time, Tenant agrees to accept the leased premises and pay the rental provided in this Lease Agreement. In the event possession cannot be delivered within that time, through no fault of Landlord or Landlord’s agents, then this Lease and all rights under this Lease Agreement shall be null and void.
  28. ATTORNEY FEES In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease Agreement, the unsuccessful party in the action shall pay to the successful party, in addition to all the sums that either party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful party’s attorney fees.
  29. BINDING EFFECT The provisions contained in this Lease Agreement shall apply to and bind the heirs, legal representatives, executors, administrators, assigns, and successors in title of the parties to this Lease Agreement.

The titles to the paragraphs of this lease agreement are solely for the convenience of the parties and shall not be used to explain, modify, simplify, or aid in the interpretation of the provisions of this lease agreement.

It is agreed that this lease agreement shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of __(Name of State or Province)__.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party to this Lease Agreement has caused it to be executed at:

___________________ on the ____ of _______, ____.

place of execution day month year





SIGNED AND DELIVERED in the presence of:



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