Blank Copy of Our Lease Agreement
LEASE AGREEMENT Date: _____________________ (Rev January 2019)
THIS IS A RESIDENTIAL LEASE. IT IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN THE LANDLORD AND EACH TENANT. EACH TENANT SHOULD READ THIS LEASE CAREFULLY.THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE CONTAINS WAIVERS OF YOUR RIGHTS AS A TENANT. EACH TENANT SHOULD NOT SIGN THIS LEASE UNTIL EACH TENANT UNDERSTANDS ALL OF THE AGREEMENTS IN THIS LEASE.1. NAMES OF LANDLORD AND TENANT
Name of the Landlord: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name of the Tenants: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. LEASED PROPERTY The leased property is the place that landlord agrees to lease to tenant. The leased property is:_______________________________, _____________, ____________________________________, ____________, _______
(Address) (Unit) (City) (State) (Zip)
3. STARTING AND ENDING DATES OF LEASE AGREEMENT
This lease starts at 12:01 A.M. on ______________________. This lease ends at 11:59 P.M. on _________________________.
4. RENT The amount of rent is $ __________________________ each month. The amount of rent for the entire term of the lease agreement is $ _________________________. Tenant agrees to pay the monthly rent in advance on or before the first day of each month. Tenant agrees to pay the last month’s rent on or before the date of the start of the lease. Landlord does not have to ask (MAKE DEMAND UPON) tenant to pay the rent. Tenant agrees to pay rent by first class mail postage prepaid or in person to landlord at the place specified by landlord. At the start of the lease, tenant agrees to pay the rental license fee as specified in Section 16.
Tenant agrees to pay a LATE CHARGE of five dollars ($5.00) per day if tenant does not pay the rent by the 5th of each month. The late fee of five dollars per day will be retroactive to the 1st of the month for rent received after the 5th of the month. If tenant mails the rent to landlord, the date of payment will be the date the letter is postmarked. If Tenant requests a receipt by mail, tenant must supply to landlord a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
If there are outstanding balances on your account and the balance is not paid before the next rental payment is due, it will be deducted from your rent payment and your rent will be considered late. Therefore, late charges will accrue retroactive to the first day of the month.
5. SECURITY DEPOSIT Tenant agrees to pay a security deposit of $ ___________________________.
Tenant agrees to pay the security deposit to landlord before the lease starts and before landlord gives possession of the leased property to tenant. Tenant may not use the security deposit as payment of the last month’s rent.
Landlord can take money from the security deposit to pay for any damages caused by tenant, tenant’s family and tenant’s guests. If all keys issued to tenant are not returned at the end of this lease landlord can take money from the security deposit to cover the cost of a lock change. Landlord may take the security deposit to pay for any unpaid rent, and/or unpaid utilities. If there is a sublease, lease assignment, or the tenant does not leave the premise at the ending date of the lease, the tenant(s) will lose their full security deposit.
After taking out for damages, lock changes, unpaid rent, and unpaid utilities, landlord agrees to send to tenant any security deposit money left over. Landlord will send the remaining security deposit money to tenant no later than 30 days after the lease ends and tenant leaves. Landlord also agrees to send to tenant a written list of damages and amounts of money taken from the security deposit.
Tenant agrees to the following move-out procedures:
a. Tenant agrees to give landlord a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a written forwarding address when tenant leaves and the lease ends. Failure of tenant to provide the landlord with a new address shall relieve the landlord of any responsibility to return the security deposit. An administrative charge equal to 15% of all security deposit CHARGES will be made upon returning the security deposit.
b. Return all keys to the office. DO NOT leave keys at the leased property.
c. All floors must be cleaned and free of spots. Carpeting must be professionally shampooed and a receipt must be submitted to our office.
d. Stove, refrigerator, exhaust fan, windows and bath must be thoroughly cleaned. Refrigerator must be defrosted and set to the lowest setting.
e. All light fixtures, doors and cupboards must be clean. All light bulbs, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers must be in working condition.
f. Insides of windows must be washed.
g. All drapes must be dry cleaned and hung prior to inspection. A receipt must be submitted to our office.
h. All personal effects,furniture, food and trash, etc. must be removed.
i. ONLY ONE CHECK WILL BE SENT WITH ALL TENANT’S NAMES unless a forwarding address sheet with all the tenants who are supposed to receive separate checks for security deposits is filled out before lease termination. Also, there will be a $5 charge for each separate check issued.
j. All damages above excessive wear and tear will be charged to your security deposit. Also, failure to follow any of the above rules will result in deductions of this deposit.
k. ALL UTILITY BILLS MUST REMAIN IN YOUR NAME, INCLUDING ELECTRIC BILLS, UNTIL YOUR EXACT LEASE EXPIRATION DATE. AT NO TIMES DURING YOUR LEASE SHOULD ANY UTILITIES BE DISCONNECTED. ELECTRIC CANNOT BE DISCONNECTED OR PUT INTO ANOTHER NAME AT ANY TIME PRIOR TO THE DATE YOUR LEASE EXPIRES. IF, DURING THE TIME OF YOUR RENTAL AGREEMENT, UTILITIES ARE TAKEN OUT OF YOUR NAME, A $50 CHARGE WILL BE ASSESSED AND RE/MAX HOMEFINDERS WILL HAVE THE SERVICE TERMINATED.
l. Tenant agrees to vacate the premise at the ending date of the lease, as stated in Section 3. If tenant leaves any personal property behind or does not vacate the premises on the expiration date, the entire security deposit will be forfeited.
m. If you have oil heat, the fuel tank must be filled to the same level when leaving as it was at the start date in Section 3.
6. LANDLORD’S DUTY AT THE START OF THE LEASE
Landlord agrees to give tenant possession of the leased property on the starting date of the lease. The lease will start even if landlord cannot give tenant possession of the leased property because the prior tenant is still in the leased property or if the leased property is damaged. IF LANDLORD CANNOT GIVE TENANT POSSESSION, TENANT DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY RENT UNTIL THE DAY LANDLORD GIVES POSSESSION OF THE LEASED PROPERTY TO TENANT.
7. DAMAGE TO LEASED PROPERTY
Tenant agrees to notify landlord immediately if the leased property is damaged by fire or any other cause. Tenant agrees to notify landlord if there is any condition in the leased property that could damage the leased property or harm tenant or others. If tenant cannot live in the whole leased property because it is damaged or destroyed, tenant may:
1) live in the undamaged part of the leased property and pay less rent until the leased property is repaired OR
2) end the lease and leave the leased property.
Tenant agrees that if the leased property is damaged or destroyed and tenant ends the lease, landlord has no further responsibility to tenant.
Landlord agrees to have insurance on the building where the leased property is located. Tenant’s own property and liability is not insured by landlord’s insurance. Tenant is responsible for tenant’s own property that is located in the leased property, and tenant’s liability at the leased property. Tenant is responsible to obtain renters insurance naming the Landlord and RE/MAX Homefinders as additional insured.
9. ASSIGNMENTS OR SUBLEASES BY TENANT
ASSIGNMENT (OR ASSIGN) is the legal term for a transfer of the lease from the tenant to another person. This other person then becomes the landlord’s new tenant and takes over the lease. Tenant agrees not to transfer (assign) this lease to anyone else without the written permission of the landlord.
A SUBLEASE is a separate lease between the tenant and another person who leases all or a part of the leased property from the tenant. Tenant agrees not to lease (sublease) all or any part of the leased property to anyone else without the written consent of landlord. Tenant agrees that if tenant transfers this lease (assigns) or leases all or a part of the leased property to another (sublease), without the written consent of Landlord, tenant has violated this lease
In preparing an assignment or sublease agreement, there will be a $60 administrative fee charged and the tenant will lose their security deposit and any prepaid rent.
10. RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR INJURY TO PEOPLE
Landlord is responsible for all damage to property or injury to people caused by landlord (or landlord’s representatives) intentional or negligent acts at the leased property. Tenant is responsible for all damage to the leased property and injury to people caused by tenant, tenant’s family or guests.
Tenant agrees that landlord is not responsible to tenant, tenant’s family or guests for damage or injury caused by water, snow or ice that comes on the leased property unless landlord was negligent.
11. USE OF LEASED PROPERTY
Tenant agrees to use the leased property only as a residence. Tenant agrees to obey all federal, state and local laws and regulations when using the leased property. Tenant agrees not to store any flammable, hazardous, or toxic chemicals or substances in or around the leased property. Tenant shall provide appropriate nonflammable containers for trash and rubbish, shall keep the leased property and the common areas free from litter and rubbish and shall deposit all trash and rubbish from the leased property into the designated common waste disposal containers. Tenant agrees not to do any activities in or around the leased property that could harm anyone or damage any property.
Tenant agrees that tenant will not allow more than __________ people to occupy the leased property without the written permission of landlord. Tenant shall have a right to invite to the leased property, for a reasonable period of time (not to exceed fourteen days without the written consent of landlord) guests, family, or visitors so long as his obligations as a tenant under this lease are observed. Occupancy limits shall be limited to the person(s) named on the lease agreement. Local ordinances provide for over-occupancy which constitutes a zoning violation, which may be subject to fines and/or criminal punishment. Tenants are specifically advised of the existence of this ordinance and should any violation occur or be alleged to have occurred, tenants agree to pay all fines, court costs and attorney’s fees associated with such violation or alleged violations whether a conviction results or not.
Tenant agrees to take the property in “as-is” condition. Any discrepancies must be submitted in the form of an itemized written letter within ten days of the lease start date. To protect the privacy of our tenants, grievances reported by a third party will not be acknowledged or accepted. It is agreed that any improvements made by the landlord, or landlord’s agent, are for the benefit of the tenant no deduction in rent will be allowed during the work period. Tenant is aware that construction dirt may result from the improvements. Landlord, at his/her discretion may do general repairs/remodeling in addition to this list. The following improvements will be made during the period of ________________________________________________:
All units are unfurnished unless herein stated: _________________________________________________________________________
12. RULES AND REGULATIONS
Tenant agrees to obey all rules and regulations for the leased property. If tenant violates any rules or regulations for the leased property, then tenant violates this lease and is subject to an additional $50 administrative charge per lease violation.
Tenant is responsible for all Borough or Township codes, regulations, and recycling programs. Any violation charges, due to failure to abide with the regulations or codes, will be paid by tenant as additional rent due. Exterior of property must be clean and free of debris. Any trash that is left on the grounds, porches, and balconies or in the hallways will be removed and the tenants responsible for the trash will be charged at the rate of $10 per item or a minimum charge of $15. It is understood and agreed that any un-scheduled inspection requested by tenant will be at the expense of the tenant.
Tenant may not have any parties at the leased property. No smoking is allowed or no alcoholic beverages shall be consumed in the common areas of the building and grounds within which the leased premise is located. No beer kegs will be permitted in or around the leased property. Tenant shall observe “quiet hours” between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. daily.
Attics, basements, and garages are not for tenant’s use unless permission is given to tenant by landlord in writing.
Tenant will not make any alterations or do any painting to the leased property without the prior written consent of landlord.
Tenant agrees that waterbeds or any other liquid filled furniture is not permitted in the leased property. Tenant agrees not to use privately owned washers, dryers, dishwashers or freezers unless agreed upon in writing by Landlord.
Tenant shall not disable the smoke detectors or other fire warning or fire protection devices. Tenant shall notify landlord immediately if a smoke detector or fire warning or protection device is not in working order. Any false alarms caused by tenant which result in charges or fees to the landlord, will be paid by tenant as additional rent due. Tenant shall inspect the smoke detector monthly and is responsible for the malfunction of smoke detectors whether as a result of weak, defective, or inoperable batteries or otherwise. Should resident fail to keep a charged battery in the detector or permit the smoke detector to be damaged in any way, tenant shall be charged the sum of $25. Tenant shall also be responsible for care and maintenance of fire extinguisher. The extinguisher will be charged when resident moves in and must remain charged during tenancy and upon vacating. If for some reason the fire extinguisher is discharged, tenant must make arrangements with our office to recharge it. The cost of recharging or the replacement of the extinguisher will be billed to all residents of the unit unless it has been used to put out a fire. All fires, however minor, must be reported to the office.
The light bulbs on the porches and balconies are put there for safety purposes. They are the property of the landlord and are not to be removed or replaced with another color bulb. If they are unscrewed, removed, or replaced with an off-color bulb it will be replaced and tenants will be charged. Resident shall furnish all light bulbs.
Absolutely no additional locks of any kind may be installed. If you wish to have a deadbolt installed, we will arrange for it, with a charge to the tenant which includes installation, labor, keys, materials etc., for approximately $95 per lock. . A $120.00 fee will be charged to the tenants for an unauthorized installation and or replacement of locks. Lockout charge after office hours will be $50. Keys will only be loaned during business hours and must be returned within 24 hours. A $50 levy will be charged to a resident who fails to return borrowed keys within 24 hours. Lost keys will result in a $5 charge
If the leased premise is not cleaned when you take possession, please call RE/MAX Homefinders immediately and we will have the unit cleaned. DO NOT CLEAN IT YOURSELF. We will not reimburse you for cleaning and you will still be responsible for leaving the unit clean when you vacate.
Tenant shall pay a service charge of $25 if a check given to pay rent, utilities, or damages is returned for insufficient funds or other cause within the control of tenant. Upon receipt of a returned check, landlord reserves the right to refuse payments by check and require all future payments to be in cash, certified funds, or by money order.
Tenant agrees that tenant will not keep any pets on the leased property. Tenant agrees that tenant will not allow tenant’s guests or others to have or bring pets onto the leased property. If any pet is found, it must be removed immediately and a charge of $50 per pet per month, retroactive to the beginning of the lease will be charged as additional rent due.
Tenant agrees not to install any air conditioning units in the leased property without the written consent of landlord. No window treatments, awnings, draperies or umbrellas shall be installed in the leased property without the prior written consent of Landlord. Tenant shall not place or permit to be placed or stored, items on any windowsills, ledges, or balconies and shall not hang laundry or other items from the balconies, windows and common areas. No radio or television reception devices such as antennas and satellite dishes shall be installed upon the leased property or in the common areas around the leased property. The use of charcoal or flammable gas grills is not permitted in the leased property or on any balcony, patio or other common area on the property upon which the leased property is located.
AT NO TIME ARE MOTOR VEHICLES OF ANY TYPE ALLOWED ON THE GRASS, PORCHES, OR SIDEWALKS. All cars in the parking lot must be currently licensed and inspected. All cars that are not will be towed away at tenant’s expense. No repairing or washing of vehicles on the property will be permitted. Parking is provided for tenant’s convenience only and is not guaranteed.
Tenant shall not go upon the roof of the building within which the leased property is located and shall not enter any area clearly designated as being closed to tenants and others.
Tenant must immediately contact landlord if the heat source fails. Tenant agrees to maintain a minimum temperature in property of 55°F, and if heat is provided by landlord, a maximum temperature of 70°F. Service dates will be from October 15 through May 15 if landlord provides heat. Any freezing of pipes will be the responsibility of the Tenant. Tenant agrees not to use kerosene heaters or electric space heaters, or any other portable heaters without the prior written consent of landlord.
13. LANDLORD’S RIGHT TO MORTGAGE THE LEASED PROPERTY (SUBORDINATION)
Subordinate and subordination are legal terms that mean that this lease does not have any effect upon the rights of the landlord’s mortgage company. In other words, tenants rights under this lease are subordinate to landlord’s mortgage company. If landlord does not make the mortgage payments, the mortgage company may have the right to end the landlord’s ownership of the leased property. If the mortgage company sells the leased property at a mortgage foreclosure sale, the lease may end.
Tenant agrees that landlord has the right to mortgage the leased property. If landlord has a mortgage on the leased property now, or if landlord gets a mortgage in the future, tenant agrees that this lease is subordinate to the landlord’s mortgage.
14. CARE OF LEASED PROPERTY
Tenant is responsible for, and will take good care of, the leased property and all of the property in and around the leased property. Tenant agrees to pay for any damage caused by tenant, tenant’s family and tenant’s guest. Tenant agrees to turn over possession of the leased property to landlord when the lease ends.
Tenant agrees to pay for any routine maintenance or repairs required at the property that is the result of tenant’s actions, such as clogged drains and commodes, torn and or missing window screens, and similar jobs. If landlord, his agent, or contractor, performs any work at the property as the result of tenant’s actions, tenant will be responsible for the entire cost of these repairs as additional rent due, payable no later than the first day of the next month. Tenant agrees to pay for any repairs of appliances that are provided by the landlord. It is expressly understood and agreed that any appliances are provided for tenant’s convenience only, and landlord is not required to make repairs even if the cause of the repair is of no fault of the tenant. It is expressly understood and agreed that any appliances, internet service and WIFI, is provided for tenant’s convenience only, and landlord is not required to make repairs even if the cause of the repair is of no fault of the tenant.
15. LANDLORD’S RIGHT TO ENTER LEASED PROPERTY
Tenant agrees that landlord and landlord’s representatives have the right to enter the leased property at reasonable times. Landlord and landlord’s representatives have the right to inspect, to make repairs, to do maintenance, and to show the leased property to others. Any damage observed by the landlord should be repaired immediately by tenant at tenant’s expense. Any damage not immediately repaired may be repaired by the landlord and charged to the tenant. Payment must be paid, by tenant, to landlord upon receipt. Failure to make immediate repairs or payment is a violation of this rental agreement.
16. UTILITY SERVICES
Landlord and tenant agree to pay for the charges for utilities and services supplied to the leased property as follows:
Circled Party will pay for the utility/service indicated
Charge or Service: Charge or Service:
Television cable Tenant Landlord Snow (Public Sidewalk Only) Tenant Landlord
Electric to property Tenant Landlord Rental License Tenant
Cold Water Service Tenant Landlord * Sewer Charges Tenant Landlord
Hot Water Tenant Landlord Heat Tenant Landlord
Refuse Collection Tenant Landlord Pest Control Charges Tenant Landlord
Lawn Maintenance Tenant Landlord Renters Insurance Tenant
Recycle Fees Tenant Internet Service Tenant Landlord
*Landlord pays for minimum water charge only.
Landlord has the right to turn off temporarily any utility or other service to the leased property in order to make repairs or do maintenance.
17. GOVERNMENTAL POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN
Eminent domain is the legal name for the right of a government such as the state or county or city to take private property for public use. The government must pay fair compensation to anyone who has any right in the property that is taken by the government. If all or any part of the leased property (or the building within which the leased property is located) is taken by eminent domain, this lease will end automatically. Landlord and tenant agree to release each other from any responsibility because leased property is taken by eminent domain and the lease has ended.
18. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION ON LEAD-BASED PAINT AND LEAD-BASED PAINT HAZARDS and MOLD INFORMATION
Lead Warning Statement: Housing built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not taken care of properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, landlords must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Tenants must also receive a Federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.
Tenant has reviewed all information listed above and has received the pamphlet “Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home”.
Mold Information and Release: In recent years concern has grown over levels of mold spores in residences. At present there are not federal or state standards for what constitutes excessive levels of mold spores in residences. The US Environmental Protection Agency has said the following concerning molds: “Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture’. Landlord has taken steps to help prevent water penetration in the home. These steps include installation and maintenance of roofs, gutters and downspouts, weather secure exterior doors and windows; and other related actions. Moisture that occurs naturally in the atmosphere or through or because of the action or inaction of the Tenants is the responsibility of Tenants. To prevent mold growth in the home, the Tenant must take certain steps to properly manage and maintain the property. These steps include; proper use of windows, doors, dehumidifiers, plumbing components; cleanup of leaks, spills and overflows; immediate notification to Landlord of leaks or other malfunctions of those items that are Landlord’s responsibility. Tenants with known respiratory sensitivity, or with prior reactions attributed to molds, must use care in the selection of living space with the maintenance of moisture controls for that space. Landlord is not responsible for Tenants hypersensitive reactions to naturally occurring mold levels not resulting from Landlord’s failure to maintain or repair those parts of the moisture control components of the home which are the responsibility of Landlord. IN CONSIDERTATION OF THE LANDLORD TAKING THE STEPS AS OUTLINED HEREIN, LANDLORD SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, CLAIMS OR LOSSES INCURRED BY TENANT ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO MOLD OR ANY OTHER FUNGUS OR AGENT THAT MAY BE ASSOCIATED WITH ALLEGED DEFECTS IN THE HOME, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROPERTY DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURY, EMOTHINAL DISTRESS, DEATH, OR LOSS OF USE AND TENANT HEREBY RELEASES LANDLORD FROM SAME. THIS MEANS THAT TENANT SHALL NOT SEEK TO HOLD LANDLORD RESPONSIBLE UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER CAUSED BY MOLD OR ANY OTHER AGENT, EVEN IF IT RESULTS FROM A DEFECT, LATENT OR OTHERWISE, IN THE BUILDING
Tenant is not permitted to engage in any action or inaction that creates a nuisance, health or safety issue at the property or in any unit. Any infestation of pests of any nature should be brought to Landlord’s attention immediately. Tenant shall be solely responsible for all costs to eradicate any condition created by Tenant’s use of the unit. Specifically with regard to bed bugs or fleas, treatment of such infestation shall be the sole financial responsibility of Tenant. Failure of the Tenant to take appropriate action (determined by Landlord) to remedy such an infestation within 48 hours shall be considered a breach and default of this Lease, permitting Landlord to take such actions as are permitted in this as a result of a default by Tenant. If Landlord has to treat the bed bug or flea infestation, because Tenant has vacated and/or failed to properly Remedy the infestation, the cost of such treatment and any necessary cleanup efforts shall be born by Tenant and deducted from his/her security deposit, in the same manner as any other damage to the unit.
20. VIOLATIONS OF THIS LEASE
WHEN EITHER LANDLORD OR TENANT DOES NOT DO SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE AGREED TO DO, IT IS A VIOLATION OF THIS LEASE. IF TENANT VIOLATES THIS LEASE, TENANT MAY LOSE TENANT’S SECURITY DEPOSIT. IF TENANT VIOLATES THIS LEASE, LANDLORD ALSO CAN SUE TENANT FOR OTHER EXPENSES AND MAY SUE TO EVICT TENANT.
EACH TENANT SHOULD NOT SIGN THIS LEASE UNLESS EACH TENANT HAS READ AND CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS THE INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION ABOUT LEASE VIOLATIONS.
THIS IS A JOINT AND SEVERAL LEASE. THIS MEANS THAT ALL THE TENANTS AS A GROUP AND EACH OF THE TENANTS AS AN INDIVIDUAL ARE RESPONSIBLE TO LANDLORD FOR ALL OF THE AGREEMENTS OF THIS LEASE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE RENT IS NOT PAID, LANDLORD CAN SUE ALL OF THE TENANTS (JOINTLY) FOR ANY UNPAID RENT, OR, LANDLORD CAN BRING A SUIT AGAINST ANY ONE TENANT SEPARATELY (SEVERALLY) FOR ALL OF THE UNPAID RENT.
TENANT VIOLATES THIS LEASE IF TENANT:
1) FAILS TO PAY RENT OR OTHER CHARGES TO LANDLORD ON TIME OR,
2) LEAVES (ABANDONS) THE LEASED PROPERTY WITHOUT THE LANDLORD’S PERMISSION BEFORE THE END OF THE LEASE OR,
3) DOES NOT LEAVE THE LEASED PROPERTY AT THE END OF THE LEASE OR,
4) DOES NOT DO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT TENANT AGREED TO DO IN THIS LEASE.
IF TENANT VIOLATES THE LEASE, EACH TENANT AGREES TO WAIVE NOTICE TO QUIT. THIS MEANS THAT THE LANDLORD MAY FILE A COMPLAINT IN COURT ASKING FOR AN ORDER EVICTING EACH TENANT FROM THE LEASED PROPERTY WITHOUT GIVING EACH TENANT NOTICE TO QUIT FIRST. LANDLORD DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO THROW TENANT OUT OF THE LEASED PROPERTY (SELF-HELP EVICTION). THE LANDLORD CAN ONLY EVICT TENANT BY COURT ACTION.
THE LANDLORD DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT FOR EVICTION UNLESS A TENANT HAS VIOLATED THE AGREEMENTS IN THIS LEASE. EVEN THOUGH EACH TENANT IS WAIVING NOTICE TO QUIT, EACH TENANT WILL HAVE A CHANCE IN COURT TO CHALLENGE THE LANDLORD’S CLAIM FOR EVICTION.
IF TENANT VIOLATES THE LEASE AGREEMENT, THE LANDLORD MAY SUE EACH TENANT IN COURT:
1) TO COLLECT OVERDUE RENT, LATE CHARGES AND MONEY DAMAGES CAUSED BY TENANT’S VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENTS IN THE LEASE.
2) TO RECOVER POSSESSION OF THE LEASED PROPERTY (EVICTION)
3) TO COLLECT FOR UNPAID RENT UNTIL THE END OF THE LEASE OR UNTIL ANOTHER PERSON TAKES POSSESSION OF THE LEASED PROPERTY AS A NEW TENANT. THIS UNPAID RENT SHALL BECOME IMMEDIATELY DUE AND PAYABLE AS IF BY THE TERMS OF THIS LEASE AGREEMENT IT WERE DUE AND PAYABLE IN ADVANCE.
Tenant agrees that landlord may receive reasonable attorneys fees as part of a court judgment in a lawsuit against tenant for violation of the agreements of the lease.
21. OTHER AGREEMENTS BETWEEN LANDLORD AND TENANT
Landlord shall have the right to impose fines for common area vandalism. Tenant shall not permit any person on the property to willfully or wantonly destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the structure or the facilities, equipment or appurtenances thereto, or used in common, nor himself/herself to do any such thing.
BY SIGNING THIS LEASE AGREEMENT, EACH TENANT AGREES THAT THE TENANT HAS READ AND UNDERSTANDS ALL OF THE AGREEMENTS IN THIS LEASE. EACH TENANT SIGNING THIS LEASE AGREEMENT AFFIRMS THAT THEY ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON THE DATE SIGNED.
Signed by Landlord: ________________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________
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