California Residential Lease

California Residential Lease

Easily create a residential lease or month-to-month rental agreement for single or multiple tenants in California with this ready-to-use legal form, complete with detailed clause-by-clause instructions, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks. This form lets you specify who can live on the property, the amount of rent, and how it's to be paid; set the security deposit and explain how it will be used and returned; explain your rights to enter the rental and the tenant's and landlord's upkeep responsibilities.

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California landlord? Create a residential lease or rental agreement for your state

California landlord-tenant law is among the most complex in the country. If you’re a landlord in California you need this California-specific lease or monthly rental agreement to get every tenancy off to a good start. Designed to comply with state law (and careful to point out where local law or rent control may apply, too), this agreement from Nolo lets you:

  • specify the length of the lease (or choose a month-to-month agreement), who can live on the property, the amount of rent, and how it’s to be paid
  • set the security deposit and explain how it will be used and returned (including local interest requirements, if any)
  • explain your rights to enter the rental and the tenants’ and landlord’s upkeep responsibilities
  • include important restrictions on guest stays, use of the property, and the consequences of late rent and bounced checks, and
  • make required disclosures regarding environmental hazards and other significant issues.

The agreement comes with a full set of clause-by-clause instructions, explaining the meaning of each clause and how to fill in the required information. Includes links to rent control boards or other local government websites that guide users on how to add locally-required information to the rental document. This product creates a legal, binding agreement that embodies the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in California, all in plain English. 

Nolo has dozens of products created just for California residents. Check out Nolo's list of California products.

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