The relationship between landlord and tenant is an important one, and should be documented by a written rental agreement signed by both of the parties.
The rental agreement should identify the premises (the apartment, unit, house, or other property) which is the subject of the rental agreement, and it should include at least the following:
In addition, it is important for the parties to conduct a “walk through” of the unit prior to the tenant taking occupancy. Any deficiencies, such as carpet burns, holes in walls, broken windows, window coverings, scratched fixtures and appliances, and any work to be done by the landlord should be noted. Ideally, photographs of the condition of the unit will be taken. These should be dated and if necessary compared to the results of a “walk through” inspection of the unit upon termination of the rental agreement.
Standard forms of rental agreements are available in office supply stores and online. If you need help in preparing or reviewing your rental agreement, please call one of our attorneys. A well documented landlord tenant relationship will help insure a mutually satisfactory relationship and help avoid problems upon termination of the term of the agreement.
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