Learn the difference between a lease and rental
agreement, how to set key terms and policies regarding roommates, pets and
other issues, and find the best rental forms.
Leases and Rental Agreements FAQ
What you need to know to create a legally valid lease or rental agreement.
Ten Terms to Include in Your Lease or Rental Agreement
What should be included in every lease or rental agreement.
Should I Use a Lease or Rental Agreement?
A handshake is not enough to seal the deal between landlords and tenants.
What Does "Last Month's Rent" Really Mean?
This approach will give you flexibility when it comes to using "last month's rent".
Can I Evict a Tenant to Rent The Place to My Daughter?
Here's a few tips on how to have "just cause".
Can I Put Tenants' Security Deposits In My Checking Account?
Legally speaking, it is not your money.
Are Tenants Entitled to a Rent Receipt?
Many states require landlords to give tenants a receipt for the rent.
How Do I Enforce My 'No Pets' Policy?
Here's what you can do without running into legal issues.
Can I Limit the Number of Occupants in a Rental?
Here's what you can do as long as you comply with all relevant housing laws.
How Do I Divide Damages Between Departing Cotenants?
If both tenants were on the rental agreement, both are responsible for leaving the place clean and undamaged.
Can My Tenant Break The Lease Just Because of Noise From Upstairs?
Here's what you can do if your tenant takes this matter to court.
Shouldn't The Apartment Have Been Cleaned Before We Moved In?
Here are some steps you can take in a bad situation.
Every Landlord's Legal Guide
Rent out your residential property with this all-in-one legal guide.
Leases & Rental Agreements
Establish a solid contractual agreement with your tenant.
The California Landlord's Law Book
Since 1985, The California Landlord's Law Book has been the reliable legal guide for California landlords, with everything you need to know.
Every Dog's Legal Guide
Get the nose-to-tail guide to barking, biting, leash laws, traveling regulations and more.
Fixed-Term Residential Lease
Get everything you need to create a fair and legal fixed-term residential lease.
Month-to-Month Residential Rental Agreement
Create a residential month-to-month rental agreement with this form.
Residential Lease Cosigner Agreement, Landlord's Version
Use Nolo's Residential Lease Cosigner Agreement, Landlord's Version to create a favorable agreement that's powerful enough to protect you and your landlording business and legally valid for the life of the lease.
Consent to Assignment of Residential Lease
If your landlord won't release you from a lease, your best bet is to assign it to the next tenant. This form helps you do so -- use this form to turn over the remainder of your lease to someone else.
Responding to Tenant Requests to Add a Roommate
What to do when a tenant wants to add a new roommate.
Adding a Roommate to the Lease or Rental Agreement
Get your landlord's approval before a new person moves in.