Download a lease, also known as a ‘rental agreement’, that is a document used for the occupying of space (commercial or residential) for a period of time in exchange for monthly rent. The terms of the contract are negotiable between the tenant and landlord and once signed the form is considered legally and mutually binding.

Typically, before a landlord accepts an individual onto their property, they seek a credit and background check to ensure the person is who they claim to be and have a good renting, credit, and employment background. If their credentials are what the landlord is seeking then they should be approved for a lease and both parties design a written agreement.

Lease Agreements by State

Alabama Hawaii Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota
Alaska Idaho Michigan New York Tennessee
Arizona Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North Dakota Utah
California Iowa Missouri Ohio Vermont
Colorado Kansas Montana Oklahoma Virginia
Connecticut Kentucky Nebraska Oregon Washington
Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Wisconsin
Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wyoming

Lease Agreements by Type




Commercial – For any type of commercial space for traditional business use such as industrial, office, or retail. There are two (2) types of agreements:

  • Gross – Tenant only pays one fixed rental amount per month. Landlord pays most or all of the expenses related to the property.
  • Triple Net (NNN) – The tenant pays a fixed rental amount each month but assumes majority of the expenses related to the property including but not limited to: real estate taxes, Common Area Maintenance (CAM’s), and Insurance for the property (prorated share if not occupying entire premises).

Month to Month – Otherwise known as “Tenancy at Will”, is a type of real estate contract that renews every month upon payment by the tenant. There is no end date but either the landlord or tenant may decide to alter or terminate the agreement with at least one (1) month’s written notice.

Standard Residential (fixed) – A fixed term arrangement between a landlord and tenant whereas a payment is due every month, usually on the first (1st) day, and the term is commonly for one (1) year.

Sub-Lease – Where a tenant or “sublessor” who currently is under a lease decides to rent a portion or the entire space to someone else known as the “sublessee”. The sublessor is responsible for the sublessee to: Vacate the premises, Any damage created by the sublessee, and Payment (If the sublessee does not pay, the landlord remains to be owed the amount states in the master lease agreement).

Other Forms

Lead-Based Paint – Under federal law, every leased residential unit that was built prior to 1978 must have this disclosure attached to the agreement and signed by the lessee.

Rental Application – To be used by a landlord/property manager to verify the potential lessee’s background, credit, and employment.