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Important terms in a landlord-tenant lease agreement

When a California residents wishes to secure a residential space in which to live they may have to sign a lease agreement to take over the space of their choice. A lease gives a tenant a right to live on the property of another person and certain powers to have their residential space properly maintained. This post will address some of the important terms that should be included in residential lease agreements but readers are encouraged to have their real estate attorneys review their own agreements for additional issues.

First, a lease agreement should clearly identify the parties who will be bound by the agreement and a description of the space that is to be leased. The parties should include in this basic information the dates that the lease will be in effect as well as the price the tenant is expected to pay the landlord each month to maintain the lease and when those payments are due.

Next, a lease may include information about activities that are prohibited on the leased property. A landlord may bar a tenant from running a business out of the leased space or may prohibit them from have pets. If such provisions are included in the lease agreement there should also be terms related to how the tenant may be penalized for violations.

Additionally, a lease agreement may cover topics related to terminating the lease, security deposits, and the payment of utilities. These terms can vary from contract to contract so it is important that landlords and tenants each of a clear understanding of how they will be handled in their own contracts. This post touches on only a handful of important landlord-tenant contract terms and is only intended to introduce this broad topic to readers of this blog.

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