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?
My rental doesn’t have a no-smoking policy, but my landlord wants to evict me for smoking. What are my rights?
Can I Transfer My Lease to a New Tenant?
Is there a way I can pass all financial responsibility under my lease to a new tenant?
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
Find out what landlords can (and can’t) do when tenants leave before the end of their lease.
How a Landlord May Change 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.