Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary
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- An oral or written agreement (a contract) between two people concerning the use by one of the property of the other. A lease for more than one year must be in writing. A person can lease real estate (such as an apartment, house, or business property) or personal property (such as a car or a boat). A lease should cover basic issues such as when the lease will begin and end, the rent or other costs, how payments should be made, and any restrictions on the use of the property. The property owner is often called the "lessor," and the person using the property is called the "lessee."