Unless you are prepared for the consequences, never rent a home out without a rental lease or other written agreement. Rental leases are a critical component of the legal aspect in property management. Without a written agreement, you have no protection and nothing that is enforceable. As such, you should always consult with an attorney for interpretation, advice, questions and general consult. If you decide not to hire an attorney to draft the lease, other places to find for boiler-plate leases that can either be filled in or customized to your rental needs are listed below:
Up to date leases, compliant with the law and tailored to your state, can be customized and purchased for an affordable fee at LegalZoom . LegalZoom also offers other personalized, legal documents and small business legal services for a lot less than what it would cost to hire an attorney on your own. A great resource for independent entrepreneurs, small business owners or individuals that can’t afford an attorney.
Office Supply Stores
Office supply stores like Staples and Office Max sell pre-printed rental leases tailored to your state.
Websites Offering Miscellaneous Forms
Perform a Google search for “rental lease” and many options will abound. There are ones that exist that offer free, fill-in-the blank leases like FreeRentalDocs.com, and FormsMax.com, plus many others. Just remember, housing and state laws change frequently and you get what you pay for.
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Housing Laws are never stagnant and always changing. Law can be complicated. This is never a good corner to cut. Never be a penny wise and a pound foolish. Cover your bases and establish a good, solid, well-written, well-executed lease and seek help when you need it.