Paralegal Essentials – Landlord Tenant Law (Part 1)

The centerpiece of a landlord-tenant relationship is the rental agreement or lease.  It is important that certain key terms be addressed in the rental agreement or lease.  Here are a few:

  • Names of the Parties to the agreement (e.g. the name of the landlord and the name(s) of the tenants
  • A description of the premises
  • Rental term ( How long will the tenancy last?)
  • Rent (How much rent will the tenant pay?)
  • Due Date (On what day is the rent due?)
  • Late charges
  • Security Deposit
  • Use of the Premises (What is the purpose for which the property is being rented?)
  • Landlord Entry (When and under what circumstances may the landlord enter the property?)
  • Attorneys fees
  • Signatures

Be sure to review a rental agreement or lease to see that it has these key terms covered before signing.

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