California rental/lease agreement

 A California rental and lease agreement is a contract used to present and negotiate the rules, rights, obligations, terms, and conditions in the rent or lease of residential or commercial property in the state of California. All statements in the agreement are legally enforceable and must be signed by both parties - the landlord and the tenant to be recognized by the state. 

California rental/lease agreement templates

California rental/lease agreement

Types of Rental and Lease Agreements

  1. Standard lease Agreement - Also known as a fixed-term lease, the standard lease agreement is the most popular of all the lease agreement types. It is used to create a lease term for a fixed period- usually one year. 

  2. Periodic (monthly) Lease Agreement - A periodic lease agreement is used when tenants intend to rent a property or apartment unit for just a month or wish to pay their rent monthly. The lease would have to be renewed when the month is over if the tenant wishes to continue staying on the property.

  3. Sublease Agreement - If a tenant wants to rent out a part of the landlord’s property for a short while, they would have to create a sublease agreement in compliance with the landlord’s terms for sublease.

  4. Roommate Lease Agreement - An individual presents a roommate agreement to another individual with whom they intend to share their living space. It’s an agreement between the roommates detailing how each of them will behave while renting the shared space. 

  5. Rent-to-own Agreement - With a rent-to-own agreement, a tenant is given the opportunity to purchase the property at the end of their lease term. The agreement would contain the terms for the property sale set by the landlord.

  6. Commercial Lease Agreement - If a landlord wishes to rent out land, a warehouse, or a living unit for the purpose of business, a commercial lease agreement is drawn up.

How to Fill a California Lease Agreement

Download the free copy of the form we have provided in word or PDF format or use our document creator to build a customized copy to suit your particular needs. Then follow these guidelines to fill it out properly:

  1. Enter the full legal names of the landlord, the tenant, and the address of the property in question

  2. Indicate the amount for the rent, the date and day on which it must be paid or renewed, and the location at which the rent should be paid

  3. Indicate the term for which the rental amount would be paid, either month to month or from the date of one day to another.

  4. Indicate the amount the tenant must pay as a security deposit 

  5. In the case where the initial payment is different from substantial payments, indicate both amounts

  6. Enter all the names of every person who would be living as a tenant in that particular apartment or property and the amount to be paid in addition if any extra person comes to stay

  7. View the terms for subletting

  8. The document states that the tenant shall pay for all utilities with some exceptions, in the spaces provided, fill in the utilities exempted

  9. Indicate if the tenant is assigned parking space, if they are, fill in the assigned space number.  

  10. The tenant should verify that the premises have been inspected and indicate their agreement to take care of any cleaning, plumbing repairs, and garbage disposal

  11. The tenant needs to agree to not make any alterations to the property unless permission has been granted by the landlord

  12. The landlord should indicate the amount to be paid as a late fee if the rent is not paid on the due date

  13. The tenant needs to agree to curb noise or physical activities that would produce noise that may inconvenience others

  14. The tenant also needs to understand that even though they have paid for the apartment the landlord still possesses the right of entry. This is to enable them to make any alterations, repairs, and maintenance.  

  15. The tenant also has to agree to the landlord's stand on pets. According to this particular template, no pets of any kind are allowed in the apartment.

  16. The client must agree to the landlord's stand on furniture and must agree to the limit of installation of electronic devices in the apartment

  17. The tenant reserves the right to maintain their insurance policy which does not cover anything in the rented apartment which may be destroyed or lost as a result of theft or natural occurrences. However, the landlord cannot be held responsible for any of such occurrences.

  18. At the expiration of the rent term, the tenant may choose to continue paying on a month-to-month basis. However, if they do not wish to, either party can terminate the rental agreement so far as the other party has been given a 30-day notice

  19. If the rent goes unpaid for 14 days after it has expired and the tenant has been absent for the same number of days, the landlord can serve a written notice to the tenant and if they do not respond within 18 days, the property can be declared abandoned.

  20. If the landlord does not comply with the statements in this form or exercise the rights therein it cannot be seen as a waiver of such rights.

  21. If any of the contents of the form is proven to be invalid, the invalidity does not in any way affect the enforceability of the form

  22. If either of the parties chooses to involve a lawyer to enforce any of the statements of this form, this party will be held responsible for covering any legal fees.

  23. All notices to either party must be served properly

  24. Read and agree to the additional terms stated in the contract

 The landlord and tenant must then sign and date the form

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