Washington D.C. rental/lease agreements

 In Washington D.C, you can document the lease agreement for a dwelling between a lessor and a lessee using the free Washington D.C. rental and lease agreement template. The leased space can be used for habitation or a business venture. A lessor collects and verifies the personal and income information of the potential lessee using the rental application and also obtains their background information

Washington D.C. rental/lease agreement templates

Washington D.C. rental/lease agreements

There are 6 types of Washington D.C. lease agreements:

Commercial Rental Lease Agreement – This is a document that allows landlords to lease property for business purposes. The commercial lease agreement is more complex than residential agreements and offers fewer protections to tenants. 

Monthly Rental lease Agreement  - This document creates a rental arrangement between the landlord and lessee in which either party may terminate it with thirty days' notice. Rent is due monthly. If the agreement isn’t terminated, it continues indefinitely.

Rent-to-Own Rental Agreement – A leasing contract with the option for the tenant to acquire the premises under conditions agreed upon by both landlord and tenant.

Roommate Lease Agreement – A tenancy type for individuals in a shared home and each having a bedroom and all dwellers making use of common areas such as the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, etc.

Standard Residential Rental Contract – This is a typical lease agreement with a clear start and end date. It offers the most protection to tenants so landlords should properly vet prospects before agreeing to sign the lease contract.  

Sublease Agreement – This agreement allows a lessee under a leasing agreement with a landlord seeking to bring in a new tenant to occupy their leased space (sublet). This arrangement usually requires consent from the lessor. This type of tenancy comes in two forms: a commercial sublease and a residential sublease.

Five disclosure requirements

All disclosures are required to be made available to a potential occupant before applying for a rental.

D.C, Tenant Bill of Rights (§ 42–3502.22(b)(1)(L))- A booklet given to the lessee.

Receipts (§ 14-306) – A receipt is required to be issued whenever a lessee makes a payment to the property owner. In cases where an occupant makes payment by check, then no receipt is required.

RAD Form 3 (§ 42–3502.22(b)(1)) – Supplied by the Rent Administrator and is required to be filled and given to the lessee.

RAD Form 5 (§ 42–3502.22(b)(2)(C)) – Lets the occupant be aware that the disclosure forms should be made available always for perusal.

Voter Registration Packet (§ 42–3502.22(b)(1)(1B) – The property owner is required to provide the occupant with an updated voter registration form supplied by the Board of Elections.

Money deposited as security

Maximum (§ 14-308.2) – A lessor can charge a maximum of one month’s rent.

Returning (§ 14-309.1) – A lessor has forty-five days to do any of the following:

  • Send back all the deposits to the tenant; or

  • If there are deductions at the end of the rental, the lessor has to inform the lessee of the grounds for such deductions and the amount deducted.

    • (§ 14-309.2) After providing notice of a deduction, the lessor is required to send the remaining deposit back to the lessee within thirty days. Additionally, the lessee is required to be provided with a document stating any damages.

Grace periods on rent payment

The grace period for late payment of the rent amount is five days after the due date.

Maximum payable fees

Late Payment (§ 42–3505.31(a)) – A lessor cannot charge more than five percent of the last paid rent. 

Non-Sufficient Funds – No statute.

Access to property

A lessor is required to provide a minimum of forty-eight hours' notice before accessing the premises of a lessee.

Relevant guides & laws

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