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Preparing A Written Agreement Between Landlord And Tenant

By Randall King

A written agreement between a property owner and the tenant is necessary to clearly reflect what they agreed on. It defines the legal rights and obligations of both tenant and property owner and gives both sides protection in the event of a dispute.

Of course, there should not be a dispute occurring in the first place. Both parties read and signed the agreement, and they should have taken any the necessary time to review it in full before doing so.

The basic stipulations usually stated on the written agreement are the rental fee, rent due date, payment method, late charges and fee for returned checks (if applicable). In addition, other items include amount of deposit and its terms, responsibility of utilities, property and premises maintenance, the duration of the rental period, rent increases, conditions for termination of the agreement, and policy on dispute resolution.

In some cases, written agreements will stipulate on things like where you may park, if you can have animals, whether cigarettes are allowed, what happens if something breaks, and how many occupants are allowed in the premises. You may also find that things such as lawn mowing and snow removal are covered, depending on necessity.

Do not forget to include multiple contact methods for both parties. Constant communication is key for a good tenant-landlord relationship to exist.

A more comprehensive agreement will also state how disputes are to be resolved. Covered here are what to do in the instance of failure to pay rent on the part of the tenant and the proper eviction procedures to be followed by the property owner.

If you would like to look over a common written agreement, or need help creating yours, consider doing a quick search on the internet. There are usually free forms you can use, but make sure you alter the information to fit your situation.

Rules vary from state to state, so it is a good idea to talk with a lawyer if you are having difficulties creating your written agreement. It may cost a bit of money, but it will be worth the time and frustration saved.

The writer has been blogging about real estate law for the last seven years. Furthermore, this author likes publishing articles on New York neighborhoods, including Tribeca rentals and West Village real estate.

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