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Residential Lease Agreement Checklist

Step 1: Gather Information

As you complete your residential lease agreement, you will need to provide certain relevant information. This will include items such as landlord and tenant addresses and contact information, lease start and end dates, and rent and security deposit amounts. Any special agreements and work orders for the unit should be determined at this stage as well. Often, landlords use rental applications to facilitate collecting and documenting this process.

Step 2: Answer Key Questions

Use the information you collected to complete the agreement. We make this easy by guiding you each step of the way and helping you to customize your document to match your specific needs. The questions and information we present to you dynamically change depending on your answers and the state selected. Click below to get started.

Step 3: Review and Sign

It is always important to read your document thoroughly to ensure it matches your needs and is free of errors and omissions. After completing the questionnaire, you can make textual changes to your document by downloading it in Microsoft Word. If no changes are needed, you can simply download the PDF version and sign. These downloads are available by navigating to the Documents section of your account dashboard.

Step 4: Distribute and Store Copies

At a minimum, all parties that sign the document should receive a copy once it is fully executed (everyone has signed). Other interested parties may need or want copies as well. Be sure that you store your copy in a safe location. It is a good idea to keep both a physical and electronic copy.

Step 5: Periodically Review and Update

It is easy to forget the ins and outs of your residential lease agreement. Periodically reviewing it will help you to stay familiar with any responsibilities or requirements so that you can determine when it needs changes or additions.  

If the landlord and tenant wish to renew the agreement for an additional term (typically one year), then you will need to update the lease with the new dates as well as any other agreed upon changes prior to the expiration of the current term. When using LegalNature, your answers are always saved in your account to make this process fast and easy.

Step 6: Complete Related Documents

As noted above, using a rental application may help offer additional protection. It is also highly recommended for landlords and business owners to create an LLC in order to hold and protect their property title and business from many personal liabilities that often plague sole proprietors.

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