Residential Lease Agreement Help Guides

How long does the landlord have to return a security deposit?
Most states require landlords to refund security deposits they collect within a certain time frame after the tenancy ends. Landlords may subtract from the security deposit any proper deductions for repairs and other damages made according to the lease and state law. Below you will find a regularly updated table of how long landlords have to return s...
Can Your Lease Ban Short-Term Rentals, and What Happens If You Do It Anyway?
When you rent a house or apartment, you may think it is yours for the duration of the lease. While it is your home, you already know you cannot do things like repaint the walls without getting your landlord's permission or having to pay damages when you move out. What about using an app to rent out your couch or spare bedroom for a night or weekend?...
Essential Landlord-Tenant Documentation
As a landlord, it is important to ensure you have the right documentation in place. This is important because you need to make sure you are protecting yourself as well as your tenant. Of these essential documents that we will mention in this article, you may or may not need to have all of them in place for each of your tenants. Your experience with...
What Are Landlords Responsible For?
What happens when the water heater in your rental property or one of your units leaks? And who is responsible for repairs and damage? As a landlord, there are some specific responsibilities and issues you need to handle; there are some repairs that are firmly the responsibility of the tenant and a few things that fall into the gray area in between....
Dangerous Pets, Risky Behavior, and Your Rental Property
Most landlords understand the most common tenant problems; from tenants who paint the walls terrible colors to those with noise problems and even those who skip out on the rent, every landlord has a horror story. The worst issues of all, though, are those that cause legal liabilities or catastrophic damage to your home or property. In some cases, la...
What You Can (and Cannot) Do about a Bad Neighbor
You love your home—or at least you used to. When you moved into your idyllic spot, the neighborhood was perfect and your neighbors on either side were nice, normal, friendly people, but then “they” moved in. Whether your troublesome neighbor......
Disclosures That Landlords Must Make to New Tenants
If you are a property owner and landlord, you likely know that there are certain terms and specific components that your lease agreement should contain, like your name, where to send the rent check, who pays the utilities, and other important......
Business Formation for Real Estate Investments
Real estate can be a great investment if you plan it correctly. Since the housing market bust in 2008, investors have been wary of starting back up in real estate, but home prices have made a significant recovery since then. Nonetheless, the......
Key Legal Components of Lease Agreements
If you have rental properties or are looking into getting into the real estate business, you need to find a way to protect your investment. The general way that people do this is by developing and using a lease agreement. At some point in your......
Why You Should Make Sure You Have a Strong Lease Agreement
When you rent out your apartment, a rental contract called a lease agreement is drawn up and signed. This agreement contains details about your apartment, as well as the rights and obligations of the tenant and you as the landlord. It is a......