General Information

TENANT

"Tenant" refers to all persons who sign the agreement as Tenant or Resident. Residential Tenants are "jointly and severally" liable under the lease, meaning that all tenants are equally responsible for the full amount of the rent. Each person, whether or not in actual possession of the unit, is liable for all obligations of the agreement. This includes rent; and any charges to clean the unit if it is not as clean as when the Tenant moved into it; repair damages, other than normal wear and tear; and cover unpaid rent or balances due.

LEASE

The lease states the total number of months that the lease will be in effect - for example, six-months or one-year.

The lease binds the Tenant until it expires (for example, at the end of one-year). This means that the Tenant must pay the rent and perform all of the obligations under the lease during the entire lease period.

If a Tenant has a lease, the landlord cannot raise the rent while the lease is in effect, unless the lease expressly allows rent increases. Also, the landlord cannot evict the Tenant while the lease is in effect, except for reasons such as Tenant damaging the property or failing to pay rent.

A lease gives the Tenant the security of a long-term agreement at a known cost. Even if the lease allows rent increases, the lease should specify a limit on how much and how often the rent can be raised.

The disadvantage of a lease is that if the Tenant needs to move, a lease may be difficult for the Tenant to break, especially if another Tenant can't be found to take over the lease. If the Tenant moves before the lease ends, the landlord may have a claim against the Tenant for the rent for the rest of the lease term.

If the Tenant does not intend to renew or extend the lease, the Tenant should give 30-days' notice. To avoid misunderstanding, the notice should be dated and state the date of the intended move.

If the Tenant moves out of the rental unit before either the lease and/or the 30-day period is over, the owner is entitled to receive rent from the Tenant for the balance of the term. However, if the owner/agent is able to collect rent from a new resident, the Tenant is entitled to a pro rata refund of the rent paid. The landlord cannot collect rent twice for the same rental unit.

SECURITY DEPOSIT

The security deposit CANNOT be used as the last month's rent.

If the Tenant moves out of the unit before the LEASE PERIOD or the 30-day PERIOD is over, the Owner/Agent is entitled to receive rent from the Tenant for the balance of the term. Rent is payable through the termination of the tenancy, and must be paid in advance on the usual date due.

OWNER/AGENT SHALL TRY TO RENT UNIT

If the Tenant moves earlier than the rental termination date, and if the Owner/Agent receives possession, Owner/Agent shall try to rent the unit. If the Owner/Agent is able to collect rent from a new Tenant for a period prior to the termination date, the Tenant will be given credit for that time up until the termination date.

INITIAL INSPECTION

A Tenant has the right to request an initial inspection of the unit and to be present during that inspection, which shall occur no earlier than two weeks before the termination of the tenancy and during normal business hours.

At the initial inspection, the Owner/Agent will provide an itemized statement specifying repairs or cleaning that are proposed to be the basis for the deductions from the security deposit. This may not be a final accounting of deductions from the security deposit.

This will give the Tenant an opportunity to fix or clean problems in the unit before the Tenant moves and avoid deductions from the Tenant's security deposit.

DISPOSITION OF SECURITY DEPOSIT

The Owner/Agent may use the security deposit to clean the unit if it is not as clean as when the Tenant moved into it, repair damages, other than normal wear and tear, and cover unpaid rent or balances due.

The Owner/Agent will provide Tenant with an itemized statement, indicating the amount of the security deposit received, the disposition of the security deposit, and the amount being returned to the Tenant or owed by the Tenant. This statement will be made within 21 days after the Owner/Agent regains possession of the unit.

PETS

Some pets are acceptable on particular properties and others are not. Pets include any animal, fish, bird, or reptile.

Any animal, fish, bird, or reptile that is not appropriate in a rental setting is an unacceptable pet. This includes large breed dogs; aggressive or dangerous dog breeds; venomous reptiles; any animal, fish, bird, or reptile that is prohibited or restricted by law or ordinance; and any animal that has a history of problems. Breeds or breed mixes that are not accepted include: Pit bull, German Shepherd, Saint Bernard, Doberman Pinscher, Husky, Akita, Rottweiler, Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Chow, Great Dane, or Wolf hybrids.

A Pet Deposit is an additional security deposit. [Note: The total security deposit can be no more than two times the monthly rent if the unit is unfurnished, and no more than three times the monthly rent if the unit is furnished.]

This applies to all pets. It does not apply to guide dogs, signal dogs, or service dogs.

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