Residential Lease Amendment Help Guide

You may use an amendment to help you quickly modify or add terms to your residential lease or rental agreement. The following will help clarify how to complete your amendment.


Fixed-Term vs. Periodic Tenancy

When completing the agreement, you will need to indicate whether you are amending a fixed-term or a periodic tenancy agreement. A fixed-term tenancy is simply a tenancy agreement that states that it will end upon a specific date in the future, usually about six months or a year from the start of the tenancy. A periodic tenancy has no set end day and usually continues from month to month until one of the parties chooses to terminate the tenancy.

Amendments

When adding your amendments, you will need to identify the exact language that you wish to change. Include the exact section number and/or letter, if one is available. For instance, if you only wish to amend Section 3(b) and not any of the other subsections under Section 3, then be sure to specify that subsection and only discuss the relevant changes.

Also, be sure to clarify exactly how you are amending the language. If you are only changing one sentence in the section you identify, then explain whether you are only changing that sentence and whether the rest of the section should be considered deleted from the original agreement. For instance, you might enter, "The first sentence of Section 3(b) is amended to read...."

Additional Terms

If you simply want to add additional language to your original lease and do not want to amend any specific clause section, then you will enter these new terms on the next step. Be sure to enter these additional terms exactly how you would want them to appear in the original agreement, being as specific and detailed as possible.

If you want to incorporate an additional document into the original lease agreement, then you may do this during this step as well. Simply identify the document as specifically as possible and have all parties sign and date the document.

Executing Your Agreement

To execute your residential lease amendment, simply have the landlord and all the tenants who signed the original lease sign and date where indicated. If you chose to include a notary, then the parties should wait to sign until they are in the presence of the notary. Every party signing should receive a copy of the fully executed agreement for safekeeping.

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