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RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT
This Agreement is made between [Full name and address of landlord] ("Landlord") and [Full name and address of Tenant] ("Tenant").
In consideration of the mutual promises, and for good and valuable consideration, Landlord and Tenant agree as follows:
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Description of Premises. Landlord leases to Tenant, and Tenant leases from Landlord, the property described in this Agreement for the term and in accordance with the conditions of this lease. The real estate is located at the following address: ______________________ and is described as follows: ________________________________ __________________("Premises").
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Term. The term shall be for the period commencing on [date] and ending on [date].
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Rent; Security. The rent for the term is $___________, payable in advance without any demand or notice, deduction, set-off, or recoupment, in equal monthly installments of $________. Monthly installments shall be paid by check payable to the Landlord on the first day of each month during the term (the "Rent Due Date"). Landlord acknowledges receipt from Tenant of the sum of $______ as security deposit. This deposit ____________ [insert either: shall or shall not] bear interest and __________[insert either: may or may not] be commingled with Landlord's other funds. The security deposit shall be returned to Tenant within _____ days of the termination of the full term of this lease and surrender of possession, less the cost of any repairs that are made necessary by Tenant's actions. If Tenant fails to pay rent within days after the Rent Due Date, Tenant shall pay, as a late charge, a sum equal to percent (%) of the amount delinquent in rent.
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Tenant's Occupancy and Use. The Premises shall be used solely as a residential dwelling for Tenant and Tenant's immediate family. Tenant agrees to promptly pay all charges for________ [insert items, such as telephone, gas, electricity, sewage, and water] incurred by Tenant's use of the Premises. Tenant shall not use or permit the use of the Premises in such a way as to violate any applicable laws rules or regulations. Tenant will promptly advise Landlord of any situation or condition that requires repair or maintenance. Tenant will not make any renovation or modification, including decorative improvements such as painting or paneling, in the Premises without first obtaining Landlord's approval, or Landlord may require Tenant to remove any or all of such additions, improvements or fixtures. Tenant will permit Landlord to regularly enter the Premises during normal working hours for the purpose of maintaining or making repairs or alterations to the building. Upon termination of this Lease, or upon request of Landlord, Tenant will return all furniture and personal property provided to Tenant by Landlord in the same condition that it was received by Tenant (less reasonable wear and tear).
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Transfer of Tenancy; Insurance. Tenant will not assign this Agreement or sublease the Premises without the express written consent of Landlord, and in the event of such consent this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the heirs, personal representatives, and permitted assigns or subtenants. Tenant will carry and maintain in full force and effect during the term of this Lease and any lease extension or renewal, at Tenant's expense, the following insurance coverage with respect to the Premises and the personal property on the Premises: liability insurance coverage of at least million dollars for death or injury to any one person, million dollars per occurrence for death or bodily injury, and million dollars for property damage liability. Tenant shall carry such fire and extended coverage insurance upon its personal property as Tenant deems appropriate, and shall not look to Landlord to insure Tenant's personal property. The insurance shall be for the benefit of both Landlord and Tenant as protection against all liability claims arising from the Premises, causing Landlord to be named as an additional-named insured on such policies of insurance.
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Landlord's Covenants. Landlord agrees (1) to maintain the Premises in condition fit for their intended use and to make all necessary repairs of which Landlord is aware, including providing adequate heat and water, and a sound physical structure; (2) to maintain the grounds and remove the rubbish; [If Premises is rented furnished add "and (3) to provide, at Landlord's sole discretion, the use of certain furniture and personal property placed by Landlord in the Premises during the course of this Lease for the benefit of Tenant. Landlord shall furnish an itemized inventory of any furniture and personal property provided to Tenant. "]
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Covenants of Both Landlord and Tenant. Landlord and Tenant agree that:
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Breach and Remedies.
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Quiet Possession. Landlord and its agents shall not interfere with Tenant's right of quiet and peaceful enjoyment.
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Delivery of Possession. If Landlord shall be unable for any reason to deliver possession of the Premises on the commencement date of the term, Landlord shall not be liable to Tenant for any damage caused thereby, nor shall this lease become void or voidable, nor shall the lease term in any way be extended, In such event Tenant shall not be liable for any rent until Landlord delivers possession. If possession is delayed for ____ days, Tenant may terminate this lease.
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Surrender. At the end of the lease term, or termination of this lease, all buildings, fixtures and structures on these Premises shall become the property of Landlord. Tenant shall then promptly surrender and deliver up the Premises in good condition, damages from normal wear and tear excepted.
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Holding Over. Holding over by Tenant after the expiration of this Lease, or any lease renewal or extension, whether with or without the consent of Landlord, shall not operate to extend or renew this Lease; and any such holding over shall be construed as a tenancy from month to month at the monthly rental which shall have been payable at the time immediately prior to when such holding over shall have commenced; and such tenancy shall be subject to all the terms, conditions, covenants and agreements of this Lease.
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Indemnification. Tenant agrees to hold Landlord, its governing board, officers, agents and employees harmless for any liability for utility payments or other expenses or damages, and harmless from any claim, suit, or proceeding arising out of this Lease or Tenant's use of the Premises, including indemnifying Landlord for reasonable expenses incurred in defending such claims.
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Destruction. If at any time during the lease term, or any extension or renewal, the Premises shall be totally or partially destroyed by fire, earthquake, or other calamity, then Landlord shall have the option to rebuild or repair the same in as good condition as they were before the calamity. Landlord shall send written notice of this intent to Tenant within ____ days after the calamity. In such case, a just and proportionate part of the rental specified in this Agreement shall be abated until the Premises have been rebuilt and repaired. In case, however, Landlord elects not to rebuild or repair said Premises, or such repairs are not completed within ___ days, Tenant or Landlord may, upon ___ days written notice, terminate the lease and rent shall only be payable up to the time of the calamity. In the event of termination, Tenant shall have a reasonable period of time to vacate the Premises.
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Entire Agreement and Modification. This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding between the parties with respect to its subject matter and supersedes any and all prior understandings and agreements, oral and written, relating to the subject matter. Any Agreement amendment must be in writing signed by an authorized representative of both parties.
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Force Majeure. Neither Landlord nor Tenant shall be required to perform any term, condition, or covenant in this lease so long as such performance is delayed or prevented by any acts of God, strikes, lockouts, material or labor restrictions, by any government authority, civil riot, floods, and any similar cause not reasonably within the control of Landlord or Tenant and which by the exercise of due diligence Landlord or Tenant is unable, wholly or in part, to prevent or overcome.
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Notice. Any notice to either party must be in writing signed by the party giving it, and shall be delivered either personally or by registered or certified mail addressed as follows:
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Governing Law; Forum. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the State of , which shall be the forum for any lawsuit arising from or incident to this Agreement.
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Severability. The terms of this Agreement are severable. If any term or provision is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, void, or unenforceable, the remainder of the provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable.
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Non-Waiver. The failure of either party to exercise any of its rights under this Agreement for a breach shall not be deemed to be a waiver of rights, nor shall it be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach, either of the same provision or otherwise.



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