Signing a Lease or Rental Agreement FAQ
Learn about the laws that cover security deposits, rent increases, and late fees.
Key Terms in Option-to-Purchase Agreements
Make sure your lease-option agreement is clear on important details, such as how and when the purchase price of the house is determined.
The Basics of Rent-to-Own Agreements
Learn whether a lease-to-own or lease-option agreement is a good choice for tenants who want to buy the home they rent.
Typical Provisions in Leases and Rental Agreements
Key terms you can expect to see in a lease or rental agreement.
How to Sublet a Rental Unit
If your lease or rental agreement prohibits sublets (called subleases), be sure to get your landlord’s permission before allowing someone else to move into your rental on a temporary basis.
Sample Tenant Letter Requesting Landlord Permission to Sublet
Get your landlord’s written okay before subletting your rental unit.
Tenants: How to Make Airbnb Work for You and Your Landlord
Tips for tenants who want to rent all or part of their apartment on Airbnb or similar short-term rental sites.
How to: Airbnb in New York City
What NYC tenants and landlords need to know about Airbnb and short-term rentals.
Can My Landlord Prohibit Smoking If the Lease Doesn't?
I pay rent on time. What are my rights?
Can I Transfer My Lease to a New Tenant?
Isn't there something like assuming a lease whereby I pass all financial responsibility to the assumer of the lease and I am free to go?
FAQs About California Tenants' Rights
Questions about unfair lease terms, rights to translated leases, when one can bring in a waterbed, and more.
Breaking a Lease and Leaving Early
Landlords must take reasonable steps to rerent the place if you break a lease (you won't always be on the hook for rent for the remainder of the lease term).
Changing Your Tenancy Without Ending It
How the landlord may (or may not) make changes during your month-to-month tenancy or lease
How Month-to-Month Tenancies End
A month-to-month tenancy renews (sometimes termed “rolls over”) every 30 days.
Required Landlord Disclosures
Find out what disclosures you can expect to see in your lease or rental agreement or in another written communication from your landlord.
Smart Landlord Policies for Pet-Friendly Rentals
A pet agreement can reduce a landlord's risks in a pet-friendly building. Here's what to include in the agreement.