Free Sample Lease Agreement 2023 (guide + 3 Samples)

This post covers a sample lease agreement

Here you will learn;

  • What is a lease agreement?
  • How to write a lease agreement
  • template for a lease agreement
  • Sample lease agreement residential
  • Sample lease agreement commercial
  • Sample lease agreement pdf (free download) 
  • Lease agreement template word (free download) 
  • etc.

let’s get started!

What is a lease agreement?

A lease agreement refers to the agreement/contract between the owner of the landed property (landlord) and a person who wishes to take possession of the landlord’s property for a certain period (Tenant) in exchange for rent.

In plain language, it is paperwork used to rent out a space (either residential or commercial) for a set length of time. The contract’s conditions are negotiable between the renter and landlord; nonetheless, once signed, the document is regarded as legally binding on both parties.

In most cases, the term lease agreement is used with the word rental agreement interchangeably to refer to the same thing. But in a real legal sense, those terms are different.

  • First, the lease agreement applies only to the landed property, commercial buildings, apartments, etc. but the rental agreement is suitable to use in movable items like rental of equipment, and automobiles.
  • Second, A rental agreement normally stipulates a brief term, typically lasting 30 days but a lease agreement gives the tenant the right to live in the property for a set period of time, usually between six months and a year or longer.

How to write a lease agreement

Legal agreements are first and foremost drafted rather than written. But I’ll continue to use the word “write” to keep it simple and clear.

To write a legally accepted lease agreement you have to clearly outline the terms and conditions of the tenancy so that both the landlord and the tenant are aware of what they are getting into.

To be enforceable your agreement must comply with the contract and Tenancy laws of your state.

The following are the things that you should write in your lease agreement.

  1. Title of the document i.e LEASE AGREEMENT or RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL LEASE AGREEMENT etc.
  2. Date of the agreement
  3. the names and addresses of the landlord
  4. the names and addresses of the tenant
  5. a description of the property leased-location, size, etc.
  6. period of the tenancy (how long the tenant will take possession of the property. It may be 1yr, 5yrs, etc.) together with the date of commencement and ending date
  7. fees and deposits. Indicate if a security deposit and first/last month’s rent are necessary.
  8. Rent and mode of payment- monthly, quarterly, yearly, etc.
  9. Duties and rights of the landlord- maintenance, right to enter, etc.
  10. Duties and rights of the tenant-restrictions, pets, etc.
  11. Conditions to renew the lease
  12. Conditions to terminate the lease
  13. Dispute resolution
  14. signatures of the landlord and tenant

Template for a lease agreement

The following is the free lease agreement template

LEASE AGREEMENT

THIS LEASE AGREEMENT is made the …………. day of ……………….20…..

BETWEEN

NAME OF THE LANDLORD of ADRESS OF THE LANDLORD (hereinafter called “the Landlord”) of the one part

And

NAME OF THE TENANT of ADRESS OF THE TENANT (hereinafter called “the Tenant”) of the other part.

WHEREBY IT IS WITNESSED as follows;

1, The landlord hereby lets to the Tenant who hereby takes the Landlord’s three (3) rooms building and an outhouse having a toilet situated on Plot No………… Block ……………… within………., (hereinafter be referred to as “the demised premises”) on the terms and conditions stated hereunder.

2. The tenancy shall be for a period…………… effective from……………….. to…………………..

3. The rent shall be……………………. (in words) per month payable in a lump sum in advance, that is to say,…………………..annually, to be paid through Bank Account No…………………held with………………………. Bank during the signing of this agreement.

4. The Tenant shall keep the demised premises, fixtures, and fittings therein in tenantable repair throughout the period of the tenancy, ordinary wear and tear excepted.

5. The Tenant shall not part with or sublet the demised premises or any part thereof without the prior written consent of the Landlord.

6. The tenancy shall be for residential/commercial purposes only. Water and electricity consumed at the demised premises during the entire period of the tenancy shall be paid for by the Tenant. All bills in that respect shall be promptly paid.

7. The Tenant shall from time to time permit the Landlord and or his workmen or agents to enter the demised premises at reasonable times during daytime for purposes of inspecting the condition thereof.

8. All minor repairs shall be carried out by the Tenant at the Tenant’s own costs.

9. The Tenant shall neither alter the structure of the demised premises nor renovate any building or fell any trees without the prior written consent of the Landlord.

10. The Tenant paying rent at herein agreed and observing all the terms of this agreement shall be entitled to quiet enjoyment of the demised premises without interruption from the Landlord or agents of the Landlord.

11. The Agreement may be renewed on mutual terms on 3 months’ prior notice.

12. The agreement may be terminated by either party giving three months’ notice or payment of three months’ rent in lieu of notice.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed these presents the day, month and year hereinafter appearing.

Landlord’s Signature: __________________ Tenant’s Signature: __________________

Print Name: __________________                 Print Name: __________________

Sample lease agreement residential

A residential lease agreement should be used by anyone leasing a property so that the terms of the agreement are clear and everyone is legally protected.

These people include landlords seeking renters and landlords seeking tenants, social service providers seeking supportive housing, real estate agents, and anyone who is presently renting or wants to rent a property.

The following is the sample lease agreement for residential purposes.

RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT

THE PARTIES.

This Residential Lease Agreement (“Agreement”) made this [DATE]is between:

Landlord: [LANDLORD’S NAME]with a mailing address of [LANDLORD’S MAILING ADDRESS](“Landlord”),

AND

Tenant(s): [TENANT(S) NAMES(S)](“Tenant”).

Landlord and Tenant are each referred to herein as a “Party” and, collectively, as the “Parties.”

NOW, THEREFORE, FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION of the mutual promises and agreements contained herein, the Tenant agrees to lease the Premises from the Landlord under the following terms and conditions:

LEASE TYPE.

This agreement will be regarded as a fixed lease. The “Lease Term” is the period from [LEASE START DATE] to [LEASE END DATE] during which the Tenant is permitted to occupy the Premises. The Tenant may continue to rent the Premises on a month-to-month basis under the same conditions of this Agreement after the Lease Term expires and no renewal is requested.

THE PROPERTY

The landlord hereby leases to the Tenant the [#] room building and an outhouse with a toilet located on Plot No. Block……………… within………., and the Tenant hereby accepts the landlord’s property.

PURPOSE

The Premises is to be used only for residential purposes

RENT

The Tenant shall pay the Landlord, in equal monthly installments,$[MONTHLY RENT](“Rent”). The Rent shall be due on the[#]of every month (“Due Date”) and paid under the following instructions: [RENT PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS]

SECURITY DEPOSIT

For the faithful performance of the Tenant under the terms and circumstances of this Agreement, the Landlord requests payment in the amount of $[SECURITY DEPOSIT AMOUNT] (“Security Deposit”) from the Tenant. As soon as this Agreement is signed, the Tenant must pay the Security Deposit. After the lease term is up, the security deposit must be returned to the tenant within [#]days, less any itemized deductions. Unless the landlord agrees in writing, this security deposit cannot be applied to any rent.

MOVE-IN INSPECTION

The Landlord and Tenant Agree to inspect the Premises prior to, at the time the Tenant accepts possession of, or immediately following, and to note any current problems or necessary repairs on a move-in checklist.

UTILITIES

The Landlord shall provide the following utilities and services to the Tenant: [LANDLORD PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING UTILITIES]

Any other utilities or services not mentioned will be the responsibility of the Tenant.

EARLY TERMINATION

The Tenant shall have the right to terminate this Agreement at any time by giving the Landlord written notice of termination at least [#]days in advance and paying a $[EARLY TERMINATION FEE] penalty (US Dollars). The tenant will still be liable for rent payment during the notice of termination period.

NOTICES.

Any notice to be sent by the Landlord or the Tenant to each other shall use the following addresses:

Landlord’s / Agent’s Address: [LANDLORD/AGENT ADDRESS]

Tenant’s Mailing Address: [TENANT ADDRESS]

COMPLIANCE WITH LAW

The Tenant agrees to abide by all current and future laws, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, and requirements of the federal, state, county, city, and municipal governments, or any of their departments, bureaus, boards, commissions, and officials, with regard to the premises, or the use or occupancy thereof, regardless of whether such compliance is mandated by, directed at, or imposed upon the Tenant, the Landlord, or both.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

If there is a disagreement between the Landlord and Tenant during or after the duration of this Agreement, they agree to first try “good faith” negotiations before pursuing litigation.

GOVERNING LAW

The laws of the State in which the Premises are located shall govern this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed these presents the day, month and year hereinafter appearing.

Landlord’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

Print Name: __________________

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

Print Name: __________________

Sample lease agreement commercial

This is a sample of a lease agreement for office space.

This sample of a lease agreement for office space will enable you to understand the form and contents of a lease agreement for an office or commercial space.

LEASE AGREEMENT FOR OFFICE SPACE

THIS LEASE AGREEMENT is made this ………… day of ………………….. 20—

BETWEEN

[insert full name and address] (hereinafter called “the Lessor”) which expression shall where the context so admits include the persons entitled to the reversion for the time being immediately expectant on the terms hereby created of the one-party

AND

[insert full name and address] (“the Lessee”) which expression shall where the context so admits include its successors in title of the other part.

WITNESSETH as follows:

1, IN CONSIDERATION of the rent and the Lessee`s covenants hereinafter reserved and contained the Lessor hereby demises unto the Lessee all those premises known as Floor 6 on the Building at Plot  No_________Block__________ TO HOLD the same unto the Lessee subject nevertheless to the provisions for review, renewal, and termination as provided herein.

2. TO HOLD the demised premises unto the Tenant from the _______________for a term of 3 (three) years that is to say until the _______________  the tenancy will be automatically renewable for another  3 (three) years unless the tenant is in default of rent subject nevertheless to the provision for re-entry hereinafter contained yielding and paying thereof during the term hereby granted a monthly rent of …………………. calculated a monthly rate of …………….. per square meter, of which rent is inclusive of service charges but exclusive of utility bills and VAT, payable in advance on the first day of each calendar month.

3. PROVIDED the said rent shall be subject to assessment and review upon expiry of the term hereby created.

4. The Tenant hereby covenants with the Landlord to the intent that the obligations may continue throughout the said term as follows:-

i) To pay the said rent on the days and in the manner aforesaid clear of all deductions whatsoever.

ii) To pay water and electricity bills for the demised premises only.  The rest (common areas) to be paid by the landlord.

iii) To pay to the suppliers all charges for electricity consumed in the demised premises for heating cooling lighting and other purposes throughout the entire term of the lease.

1v) To keep the interior of the demised premises including the decorations thereof and all the fixtures and fittings therein (and the windows and the glass thereof) and the doors thereof in good and substantial repair and condition and in such good and substantial repair and condition to deliver up the same to the landlord on giving up possession of the demised premises, damaged by fire excepted.

v) Forthwith to comply with any notice that may be given by the Landlord or its Agents requiring being made good any breach of any of the obligations on the part of the Tenant under the last preceding clause.

vi) PROVIDED that is the Tenant shall make the default for a period of one month in complying with such notice it shall be lawful for the Landlord (but without prejudice to the right of re-entry hereinafter contained) to enter the demised premises and execute the repairs at the expense of the Tenant in accordance with the provisions hereof and the expenses of such repairs shall be repaid by the Tenant on demand.

vii) To keep all taps baths washbasins water closets sink cisterns water heaters and waste and other internal pipes in or connected with the demised premises clean and in good order and repair.

viii) To be responsible for all damage occasioned to the demised premises or any other part of the building or any adjacent or neighboring premises caused by any act of default or negligence of the Tenant or the servant’s agents licensees or invitees of the Tenant.

ix) Not to place or expose for sale or otherwise or permit or suffer so to be upon or over the ground within the cartilage of the building any goods things or (save as hereinafter provided) vehicles whatsoever nor to cause or permit any obstruction to the entrances passages and other common portions of the building or the said ground.

x) PROVIDED THAT this sub-clause shall not prohibit the reasonable use by the Tenant of the car park situated within the curtilage of the building in such manner as to cause no congestion or inconvenience to other users thereof.

xi) Not without the previous consent in writing of the landlord to alter or interfere with the construction or arrangement of the demised premises or the fixtures or fittings therein belonging to the Landlord or for which the Landlord is responsible or alter or injure any of the walls floors ceilings wiring pipes or drains of the demised premises.

xii) PROVIDED ALWAYS THAT the Tenant shall subject to prior consent in writing of the Landlord having been obtained be permitted to erect or install such alterations or improvements in or additions to the demised premises as may be necessary or convenient for the Tenant in the use of the demised premises but all such alterations improvements and additions shall be removed prior to termination or expiration of the said term unless otherwise with the Landlord in writing and the Tenant.

xiii) To permit the Landlord or its duly authorized agents with or without workmen (upon giving three days previous notice in writing) at all reasonable times of the day to enter the demised premises or any part thereof in order to inspect the state of repair and decoration thereof and to paint the outside of the demised premises or the building and generally to carry out therein or therefrom any repair additions alterations or other work which may appear to the Landlord to be necessary or desirable to the demised premises or to the building.

xiv) Not to use or suffer or permit the premises to be used for an unlawful or immoral purpose.

xv) Not to do or permit or suffer anything in the demised premises or the building which may be or grow to be a nuisance or annoyance to the Landlord or any lessor Tenant thereof or affect the reputation of the building as high-class office premises.

xvi) Not to assign underlet or part with the possession of the demised premises or any part thereof without the consent of the Landlord. The consent of which will not be withheld unreasonably.

xvii) Not to change the use of the demised premises from commercial to residential or any part thereof without the prior written consent of the landlord and to abide by the conditions embodied in such consent.

xix) Not to store or bring upon the premises any articles of an especially combustible inflammable or dangerous nature and not to do or to suffer anything by reason whereof any insurance effected on the demised premises may be rendered void or voidable or whereby the rate of recommendations of the insurers and fire authorities as to fire precautions relating to the demised premised.

xx) To pay and make good to the Landlord all and every loss and damage whatsoever incurred or sustained by the Landlord as a consequence of negligence, breach, or non – observance of the Tenant’s covenants herein contained and to indemnify the Landlord against all actions claims liability costs and expenses thereby arising.

Within thirty (30) days from the date of receiving four (4) copies of this lease to pay to the Internal Revenue Office Stamp Duty of the amount which shall have been assessed by the Stamp Duty Officer and to return to the Landlord three copies of the lease fully stamped and

5. The Landlord HEREBY COVENANTS with the Tenant:

So long as the Tenant shall pay the said rent and observe and perform the covenants on the part of the Tenant herein contained to permit the Tenant to hold the demised premises and to occupy the same without any interruption by the Landlord or any person or persons lawfully claiming under or in trust for the Landlord.

To light the staircase and landings of the building from sunset until dawn and to keep the same property cleaned.

PROVIDED that the Landlord shall not be responsible for removing any reasonable litter or dirt caused by the Tenant or friends or servants of the Tenant.

To maintain repair renew cleanse repaint and redecorate and otherwise keep in good and Tenantable condition the structure of the building and nevertheless therefrom all walls that are situated wholly within the demised premises except for those portions of the building and facilities which are for common usage PROVIDED THAT the Landlord shall not be liable to the Tenant for any defect or want of repair hereinbefore mentioned unless the Landlord has had notice thereof nor in respect of any obligations hereunder that is to be construed as falling within the ambit of any of the Tenant’s covenants hereinbefore contained.

To maintain good working order and repair.

all apparatus equipment plant and machinery serving the passenger lifts and lift shafts  the floor and water heating systems and the electric lighting appliances in the said common parts;

all sewer drains channels water courses  gutters rainwater and soil pipes sanitary apparatus pipes wires and cables and supply lines in under or upon the building which shall serve the same (excluding  nevertheless any which lie within the demised premises and exclusively serve the same):

provide adequate fire escape outlets and fire fighting equipment and give training to Tenants on how to operate the Equipment.

To ensure and keep insured the demised premises fixtures therein against or damage by fire and such other risks Insurance of Tenant’s Chattels and assets will remain the responsibility of the Tenant.

6. PROVIDED AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

If the Tenant shall fail to pay the rents or any other sum due under this lease within 30 days of the date the Tenant shall pay to the Landlord interest based on current bank rates or interest at the time of payment on the rents or other sums from the date when they were due to the date on which they are paid and such interest shall not be deemed to be rent due to the Landlord.

If any rent or other payment including water and electricity bills or any part thereof shall remain unpaid for 30 days or upwards after the same shall have become due (whether legally demanded or not) or if there shall be a breach of any covenant on the part of the Tenant then the Landlord may re-enter upon any part of the demised premises in the name of the whole and thereupon the term hereby granted shall be determined but without prejudice to the rights of the Landlord in respect of any antecedent breach of any covenant or obligation on the part of the Tenant herein contained.

PROVIDED that the Landlord will give the Tenant 30 days’ notice of intention to determine the Tenancy.

Notwithstanding anything herein contained the Landlord shall not be liable to the Tenant nor shall the Tenant have any claim against the Landlord in respect of any interruption in any of the services hereinbefore mentioned by reason of necessary repair or maintenance of any installations or apparatus or damage thereto or destruction thereof by firewater act of God or other cause beyond the Landlord’s control or by reason of mechanical or other defect or breakdown or other inclement conditions or unavoidable shortage of fuel materials water or labor or

In case the demised premises or any part thereof shall at any time during the said term be so damaged or destroyed by fire or act of God or force majeure or other risks against which the landlord shall have insured as to be unfit for occupation and use then (unless the insurance money shall be wholly or partially irrecoverable by reason solely or in part of any act or default of the Tenant) the rents hereby reserved or a fair proportion thereof according to nature and extent of the damage sustained shall be suspended until the demised premises shall again be rendered fit for occupation and use and any dispute with the reference to this provision shall be referred to arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Ordinanceaforesaid and any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof for the time being in force.

Any notice under this lease shall be in writing and may be served on the person on whom it is to be served either personally or by leaving it for him at the demised premises (if he is the Tenant) or at his last known place of abode, or sending it by registered post or the recorded delivery service to such premises or place, and in the case of a notice to be served on the Landlord it may be served in like manner upon any agent for the landlord duly authorized in that behalf.

Where more than one person is a party hereto as Tenant the expression “the Tenant” shall where the context admits include all or either or any of such persons and their liability in respect of the obligations on the part of the Tenant contained or implied herein shall be joint and several.

If the Tenant shall be desirous of taking a lease of the demised premises for a further term from the expiration of the term hereby granted and shall not more than three months before the expiration of the term hereby granted give to the Landlord notice in writing of such desire and if he shall have paid the rent hereby reserved (hereinafter called the current rent) and he shall have reasonably performed observed upon to the expiry of the Tenancy hereby created then the Landlord will let the demised premises to the Tenant for a further term of up to 3 (three) years from the expiration of the term hereby granted containing the like covenants and provisions as are herein contained, subject to such rents as shall be assessed and agreed at that time.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed these presents on the day and year and in the manner hereinafter appearing.

Landlord’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

Print Name: __________________

Tenant’s Signature ___________________________ Date: _____________

Print Name: __________________

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Isack Kimaro

Editor-in-chief and founder of sherianajamii.com. Holder of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Lawyer by profession and blogger by passion