Basic Rental Agreement

Looking for a basic rental agreement? You’ve come to the right place!

Our free, downloadable agreement covers all the essentials for a rental or residential lease, including:

  • Basic terms
  • Payment details (regular + deposits)
  • Charges & Fees
  • Tenant’s rights and responsibilities
  • Landlord’s rights and responsibilities

Click the button below to download a printable PDF copy of our basic rental agreement. To save the PDF to your computer, right click and select “Save link as”.

basic rental agreement

Rental Agreement FAQs

Why do I need a written rental agreement?

When entering into a rental agreement, both landlord and tenant will have a number of rights and responsibilities. A written rental agreement makes clear exactly what is expected of each party during the rental or lease.

It will also protect both you and your tenant from future disputes.

While (in theory) a verbal agreement can be binding, it can be extremely difficult to prove in court. A signed agreement on the other hand, is clear evidence that both you and your tenant knew:

  1. exactly what your respective obligations were
  2. the actions that may be taken should these obligations not be met

Is a simple rental agreement sufficient?

Our simple rental agreement covers the essentials and should be sufficient for most rentals and residential leases. However, you may want to add or amend terms depending on your individual requirements, or specific landlord/tenant laws in your state

Can I download and save the rental agreement?

Yes! Just right click on the download button and choose “Save Link As” to save the PDF to your computer.

What other steps should I take prior to renting my property?

Our basic rental agreement sets out the terms and conditions of a proposed rental or residential lease. But before you get to the agreement stage, we would always recommend carrying out a thorough background check on your prospective tenant. Check out our tenant screening 101 here.