38 Lease Clauses Landlords Will Find Extremely Helpful

There is no such thing as a “perfect” tenant until after they move out and everything has been completed. Remember, business is business. It is YOUR job as the landlord to protect house and leave your emotions out of the transaction.

Standard leases available to just downloaded aren’t specific enough. If it doesn’t specifically state in the lease or the law and something happens, you are out of luck.

Yes, there is a fine line between being too specific and having people split hairs, but being generic has burned many landlords. These 38 clauses can be extremely helpful.

The Benefits of a Strong Lease

There is no such thing as a “perfect” tenant until after they move out and everything has been completed. Remember, business is business. It is YOUR job as the landlord to protect house and leave your emotions out of the transaction.

Standard leases available to just downloaded aren’t specific enough. If it doesn’t specifically state in the lease or the law and something happens, you are out of luck.

Yes, there is a fine line between being too specific and having people split hairs, but being generic has burned many landlords. These 38 clauses can be extremely helpful.

  1. Appliances Included With the Rental

  2. Month to Month

  3. Direct Deposit

  4. Pet Fees

  5. Utilities Assignment

  6. Subletting

  7. No Smoking

  8. Maintenance

  9. Entry by Landlord

  10. Extended Absence by Tenant

  11. Termination on Sale of Premises

  12. Lease Termination Provision for Military Personnel

  13. Tenant Assumes Responsibility for Maintenance

  14. Battery Operated Device(s)

  15. Filters

  16. Steam Cleaning Carpets

  17. Professional Cleaning

  18. Landscaping

  19. HOA

  20. Keys, Garages/Gates

  21. Damages

  22. Renter’s Insurance

  23. Break Lease Option (Buy Out)

  24. Alterations

  25. Pest Control

  26. Home Businesses

  27. Attic Storage

  28. Renting Site Unseen

  29. Appliance Maintenance

  30. Fees/Violations

  31. Duct Cleaning

  32. Plumbing

  33. Changing Locks

  34. Play Structures, Trampoline, Pools and Other Large Outdoor Equipment

  35. Roommate

  36. As-Is Appliances

  37. Abandonment

  38. Fireplace

I have heard many comments from client and other investors regarding including these provisions in a lease, including:

  • “It is too long.”

  • “I would never sign that.”

  • “You are going to overwhelm the tenant.”

  • “It is going to give the tenants more loopholes.”

  • “You are going to encourage people to break the lease.”

At the end of the day:

  • I have never seen a tenant walk away due to the lease.

  • Tenants think twice about breaking the lease when they have to pay two months’ rent and give two months’ notice.

 

Remember, you won’t have an issue until you have an issue. The issue is not when people are in love with your house. It is when there is a reason that your house no longer fits their “plan” (baby, cheaper options, relocation, etc.). Now they want out so they pull out your lease and scrutinize it. This is when the lease is put to the test.

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