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Free California Residential Lease Agreement Form

This is a format for a legal document that you can use when you want to lease your residential apartment to a tenant, this form is only applicable in the State of California. This document lets you have total control over the lease of your residential property.

The document lets you fill in the details of the Lease, from the full names of the Landlord, and the Tenant to the address of the residential property in question, and the duration of the lease. A standard duration for any lease usually is twelve months as it is the easiest to maintain.


Also mentioned are clauses in which the Rent Structure to be paid, the rent has to be paid monthly and on the first day of every month regardless if the day is a weekend or a holiday. Another clause is available where if the rent is not paid on the first of every month it can be paid on the second. But if the rent isn’t paid on the second as well then the tenant will have to pay a fine of the sum agreed upon by both parties.

California Residential Lease Agreement Form

Another provision is that of the security deposit that is to be paid by the tenant to the landlord as a security for any damage caused to the premises during the term of the lease. The security deposit will be refunded to the tenant on completion of the term.The tenant also has to make clear the people who will be living in the premises that they have to be immediate family, and that no part of the premises can be used for any business or profession or trade. Doing so will cause the tenant to be in contempt of the lease agreement.

There are many other details outlined in this form, you can download it and modify it to suit your needs. It is required that you Notarize the document.

Text Version of this form

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California Residential Lease Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT (hereinafter referred to as the “California Lease
Agreement”) is made and entered into this ____ day of _______________, 20____, by
and between ___________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as
“Landlord”) and ________________________________________ (hereinafter referred
to as “Tenant.” For and in consideration of the covenants and obligations contained
herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which
is hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
1. PROPERTY.Landlord owns certain real property and improvements located at
______________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Property”). Landlord desires to lease the
Premises to Tenant upon the terms and conditions contained herein. Tenant desires to lease the
Premises from Landlord on the terms and conditions as contained herein.

2. TERM . This California Lease Agreement shall commence on
________________________ andshall continue as a lease for term. The termination date shall
be on ___________________ at 11:59 PM. Upon termination date, Tenant shall be required to
vacate the Premises unless one of the following circumstances occur:

(i) Landlord and Tenant formally extend this California Lease Agreement in writing or create
and execute a new, written, and signed California Lease Agreement; or

(ii) Landlord willingly accepts new Rent from Tenant, which does not constitute past due

In the event that Landlord accepts new rent from Tenant after the termination date, a month-to-
month tenancy shall be created. If at any time either party desires to terminate the month-to-
month tenancy, such party may do so by providing to the other party written notice of intention to
terminate at least 30 days prior to the desired date of termination of the month-to-monthtenancy.

Notices to terminate may be given on any calendar day, irrespective of Commencement
Date. Rent shall continue at the rate specified in this California Lease Agreement, or as allowed
by law. All other terms and conditions as outlined in this California Lease Agreement shall remain
in full force and effect. Time is of the essence for providing notice of termination (strict compliance
with dates by which notice must be provided is required).

3. RENT . Tenant shall pay to Landlord the sum of $______________ per month as Rent for the
Term of the Agreement. Due date for Rent payment shall be the 1st day of each calendar month
and shall be considered advance payment for that month. Weekends and holidays do not delay
or excuse Tenant’s obligation to timely pay rent.

A. Delinquent Rent. If not paid on the 1st, Rent shall be considered overdue and delinquent
on the 2nd day of each calendar month. If Tenant fails to timely pay any month’s rent,
Tenant will pay Landlord a late charge of $_________ per day until rent is paid in full. If
Landlord receives the monthly rent by the 3 day of the month, Landlord will waive the
late charges for that month. Any waiver of late charges under this paragraph will not
affect or diminish any other right or remedy Landlord may exercise for Tenant’s failure to
timely pay rent.

B. Prorated Rent. In the event that the Commencement Date is not the 1st of the calendar
month, Rent payment remitted on the Commencement Date shall be prorated based on a
30-day period.

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C. Returned Checks. In the event that any payment by Tenant is returned for insufficient
funds (“NSF”) or if Tenant stops payment, Tenant will pay $_________ to Landlord for
each such check, plus late charges, as described above, until Landlord
has received payment. Furthermore, Landlord may require in writing that Tenant pay all
future Rent payments by cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

D. Order in which funds are applied. Landlord will apply all funds received from Tenant first to
any non-rent obligations of Tenant including late charges, returned check charges,
charge-backs for repairs, brokerage fees, and periodic utilities, then to rent, regardless of
any notations on a check.

E. Rent Increases. There will be no rent increases through the Termination Date. If this lease
is renewed automatically on a month to month basis, Landlord may increase the rent
during the renewal period by providing written notice to Tenant that becomes effective the
month following the 30th day after the notice is provided.

4. SECURITY DEPOSIT . Upon execution of this California Lease Agreement, Tenant shall deposit
with Landlord the sum of $_______________ (which amount is not in excess of two months
periodic rent) receipt of which is hereby acknowledged by Landlord, as security for any damage
caused to the Premises during the term hereof. Landlord may place the security deposit in an
interest bearing account and any interest earned will be paid to Landlord or Landlord’s

A. . REFUND. Upon termination of the tenancy, all funds held by the landlord as security
deposit may be applied to the payment of accrued rent and the amount of damages that the
landlord has suffered by reason of the tenant’s noncompliance with the terms of this California
Lease Agreement or with any and all laws, ordinances, rules and orders of any and all
governmental or quasi-governmental authorities affecting the cleanliness, use, occupancy and
preservation of the Premises.

B. DEDUCTIONS. Landlord may deduct reasonable charges from the security deposit for:

(1.) Unpaid or accelerated rent;

(2.) Late charges;

(3.) Unpaid utilities;

(4.) Costs of cleaning, deodorizing, and repairing the Property and its contents for
which Tenant is responsible;

(5.) Pet violation charges;

(6.) Replacing unreturned keys, garage door openers, or other security devices;

(7.) The removal of unauthorized locks or fixtures installed by Tenant;

(8.) Insufficient light bulbs;

(9.) Packing, removing, and storing abandoned property;

(10.) Removing abandoned or illegally parked vehicles;

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(11.) Costs of reletting, if Tenant is in default;

(12.) Attorney fees and costs of court incurred in any proceeding against Tenant;

(13.) Any fee due for early of removal of an authorized keybox;

(14.) Other items Tenant is responsible to pay under this Lease.

If deductions exceed the security deposit, Tenant will pay to Landlord the excess within ten days
after Landlord makes written demand. The security deposit will be applied first to any non-rent
items, including late charges, returned check charges, repairs, brokerage fees, and periodic
utilities, then to any unpaid rent.

5. USE OF PREMISES. The Premises shall be used and occupied solely by Tenant and Tenant’s
immediate family, consisting of _____________________________________________,
exclusively, as a private single family dwelling, and no part of the Premises shall be used at any
time during the term of this California Lease Agreement by Tenant for the purpose of carrying on
any business, profession, or trade of any kind, or for any purpose other than as a private single
family dwelling. Tenant shall not allow any other person, other than Tenant’s immediate family or
transient relatives and friends who are guests of Tenant, to use or occupy the Premises without
first obtaining Landlord’s written consent to such use. Tenant shall comply with any and all laws,
ordinances, rules and orders of any and all governmental or quasi-governmental authorities
affecting the cleanliness, use, occupancy and preservation of the Premises.

6. CONDITION OF PREMISES . Tenant stipulates, represents and warrants that Tenant has
examined the Premises, and that they are at the time of this Lease in good order, repair, and in a
safe, clean and tenantable condition.

7. ASSIGNMENT AND SUB-LETTING . Tenant shall not assign this California Lease Agreement, or
sub-let or grant any license to use the Premises or any part thereof without the prior written
consent of Landlord. A consent by Landlord to one such assignment, sub-letting or license shall
not be deemed to be a consent to any subsequent assignment, sub-letting or license. An
assignment, sub-letting or license without the prior written consent of Landlord or an assignment
or sub-letting by operation of law shall be absolutely null and void and shall, at Landlord’s option,
terminate this California Lease Agreement.

8. ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS . Tenant shall make no alterations to the buildings or
improvements on the Premises or construct any building or make any other improvements on the
Premises without the prior written consent of Landlord. Any and all alterations, changes, and/or
improvements built, constructed or placed on the Premises by Tenant shall, unless otherwise
provided by written agreement between Landlord and Tenant, be and become the property of
Landlord and remain on the Premises at the expiration or earlier termination of this California
Lease Agreement.

9. NON-DELIVERY OF POSSESSION . In the event Landlord cannot deliver possession of the
Premises to Tenant upon the commencement of the Lease term, through no fault of Landlord or
its agents, then Landlord or its agents shall have no liability, but the rental herein provided shall
abate until possession is given. Landlord or its agents shall have thirty (30) days in which to give
possession, and if possession is tendered within such time, Tenant agrees to accept the demised
Premises and pay the rental herein provided from that date. In the event possession cannot be
delivered within such time, through no fault of Landlord or its agents, then this California Lease
Agreement and all rights hereunder shall terminate.

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10. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS . Tenant shall not keep on the Premises any item of a dangerous,
flammable or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion
on the Premises or that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible
insurance company.

11. UTILITIES. Tenant shall be responsible for arranging for and paying for all utility services
required on the Premises.

12. MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, AND RULES. Tenant will, at its sole expense, keep and maintain the
Premises and appurtenances in good and sanitary condition and repair during the term of this
California Lease Agreement and any renewal thereof. Without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, Tenant shall:

A. Not obstruct the driveways, sidewalks, courts, entry ways, stairs and/or halls, which shall be
used for the purposes of ingress and egress only;

B. Keep all windows, glass, window coverings, doors, locks and hardware in good, clean order
and repair;

C. Not obstruct or cover the windows or doors;

D. Not leave windows or doors in an open position during any inclement weather;

E. Not hang any laundry, clothing, sheets, etc., from any window, rail, porch or balcony nor air or
dry any of same within any yard area or space;

F. Not cause or permit any locks or hooks to be placed upon any door or window without the
prior written consent of Landlord;

G. Keep all air conditioning filters clean and free from dirt;

H. Keep all lavatories, sinks, toilets, and all other water and plumbing apparatus in good order
and repair and shall use same only for the purposes for which they were constructed. Tenant
shall not allow any sweepings, rubbish, sand, rags, ashes or other substances to be thrown
or deposited therein. Any damage to any such apparatus and the cost of clearing stopped
plumbing resulting from misuse shall be borne by Tenant;

I. Tenant’s family and guests shall at all times maintain order in the Premises and at all places
on the Premises, and shall not make or permit any loud or improper noises, or otherwise
disturb other residents;

J. Keep all radios, television sets, stereos, phonographs, etc., turned down to a level of sound
that does not annoy or interfere with other residents;

K. Deposit all trash, garbage, rubbish or refuse in the locations provided and shall not allow any
trash, garbage, rubbish or refuse to be deposited or permitted to stand on the exterior of any
building or within the common elements;

L. Abide by and be bound by any and all rules and regulations affecting the Premises or the
common area appurtenant thereto which may be adopted or promulgated by the
Condominium or Homeowners’ Association having control over them.

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13. DAMAGE TO PREMISES . In the event the Premises are destroyed or rendered wholly
uninhabitable by fire, storm, earthquake, or other casualty not caused by the negligence of
Tenant, this California Lease Agreement shall terminate from such time except for the purpose of
enforcing rights that may have then accrued hereunder. The rental provided for herein shall then
be accounted for by and between Landlord and Tenant up to the time of such injury or destruction
of the Premises, Tenant paying rentals up to such date and Landlord refunding rentals collected
beyond such date. Should a portion of the Premises thereby be rendered uninhabitable, the
Landlord shall have the option of either repairing such injured or damaged portion or terminating
this Lease. In the event that Landlord exercises its right to repair such uninhabitable portion, the
rental shall abate in the proportion that the injured parts bears to the whole Premises, and such
part so injured shall be restored by Landlord as speedily as practicable, after which the full rent
shall recommence and the California Lease Agreement continue according to its terms.

14. ACCESS BY LANDLORD . Landlord and Landlord’s agents shall have the right at all reasonable
times, and by all reasonable means, without notice, during the term of this California Lease
Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the Premises for the following purposes:

A. Inspect the Property for condition;

B. Make repairs;

C. Show the Property to prospective tenants, prospective purchasers, inspectors, fire marshals,
lenders, appraisers, or insurance agents;

D. Exercise a contractual or statutory lien;

E. Leave written notice;

F. Seize nonexempt property after default.

Landlord may prominently display a “For Sale” or “For Lease” or similarly worded sign on the
Property during the term of this Lease or any renewal period.

If Tenant fails to permit reasonable access under this Paragraph, Tenant will be in default.

15. SUBORDINATION OF LEASE. This California Lease Agreement and Tenant’s interest
hereunder are and shall be subordinate, junior and inferior to any and all mortgages, liens or
encumbrances now or hereafter placed on the Premises by Landlord, all advances made under
any such mortgages, liens or encumbrances (including, but not limited to, future advances), the
interest payable on such mortgages, liens or encumbrances and any and all renewals, extensions
or modifications of such mortgages, liens or encumbrances.

16. TENANT’S HOLD OVER . If Tenant remains in possession of the Premises with the consent of
Landlord after the natural expiration of this California Lease Agreement, a new tenancy from
month-to-month shall be created between Landlord and Tenant which shall be subject to all of the
terms and conditions hereof except that rent shall then be due and owing at
$__________________ per month and except that such tenancy shall be terminable upon fifteen
(15) days written notice served by either party.

17. SURRENDER OF PREMISES. Upon the expiration of the term hereof, Tenant shall surrender the
Premises in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this California
Lease Agreement, reasonable use and wear and tear thereof and damages by the elements

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18. ANIMALS . THERE WILL BE NO ANIMALS, unless authorized by a separate written Pet
Addendum to this Residential Lease Agreement. Tenant shall not permit any animal, including
mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, rodents, or insects on the property, even temporarily, unless
otherwise agreed by a separate written Pet Agreement. If tenant violates the pet restrictions of
this Lease, Tenant will pay to Landlord a fee of $_____________ per day per animal for each day
Tenant violates the animal restrictions as additional rent for any unauthorized animal. Landlord
may remove or cause to be removed any unauthorized animal and deliver it to appropriate local
authorities by providing at least 24-hour written notice to Tenant of Landlord’s intention to remove
the unauthorized animal. Landlord will not be liable for any harm, injury, death, or sickness to any
unauthorized animal. Tenant is responsible and liable for any damage or required cleaning to the
Property caused by any unauthorized animal and for all costs Landlord may incur in removing or
causing any unauthorized animal to be removed.

19. WATERBEDS. THERE WILL BE NO WATERBEDS, unless authorized by a separate written
Waterbed Addendum to this Residential Lease Agreement.

20. QUIET ENJOYMENT . Tenant, upon payment of all of the sums referred to herein as being
payable by Tenant and Tenant’s performance of all Tenant’s agreements contained herein and
Tenant’s observance of all rules and regulations, shall and may peacefully and quietly have, hold
and enjoy said Premises for the term hereof.

21. INDEMNIFICATION . Landlord shall not be liable for any damage or injury of or to the Tenant,
Tenant’s family, guests, invitees, agents or employees or to any person entering the Premises or
the building of which the Premises are a part or to goods or equipment, or in the structure or
equipment of the structure of which the Premises are a part, and Tenant hereby agrees to
indemnify, defend and hold Landlord harmless from any and all claims or assertions of every kind
and nature.

22. DEFAULT . If Landlord breaches this Lease, Tenant may seek any relief provided by law. If
Tenant fails to comply with any of the material provisions of this California Lease Agreement,
other than the covenant to pay rent, or of any present rules and regulations or any that may be
hereafter prescribed by Landlord, or materially fails to comply with any duties imposed on Tenant
by statute, within seven (7) days after delivery of written notice by Landlord specifying the non-
compliance and indicating the intention of Landlord to terminate the Lease by reason thereof,
Landlord may terminate this California Lease Agreement. If Tenant fails to pay rent when due and
the default continues for seven (7) days thereafter, Landlord may, at Landlord’s option, declare
the entire balance of rent payable hereunder to be immediately due and payable and may
exercise any and all rights and remedies available to Landlord at law or in equity or may
immediately terminate this California Lease Agreement.

23. ABANDONMENT . If at any time during the term of this California Lease Agreement Tenant
abandons the Premises or any part thereof, Landlord may, at Landlord’s option, obtain
possession of the Premises in the manner provided by law, and without becoming liable to
Tenant for damages or for any payment of any kind whatever. Landlord may, at Landlord’s
discretion, as agent for Tenant, relet the Premises, or any part thereof, for the whole or any part
thereof, for the whole or any part of the then unexpired term, and may receive and collect all rent
payable by virtue of such reletting, and, at Landlord’s option, hold Tenant liable for any difference
between the rent that would have been payable under this California Lease Agreement during the
balance of the unexpired term, if this California Lease Agreement had continued in force, and the
net rent for such period realized by Landlord by means of such reletting. If Landlord’s right of
reentry is exercised following abandonment of the Premises by Tenant, then Landlord shall
consider any personal property belonging to Tenant and left on the Premises to also have been
abandoned, in which case Landlord may dispose of all such personal property in any manner
Landlord shall deem proper and Landlord is hereby relieved of all liability for doing so.

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24. ATTORNEYS’ FEES . Should it become necessary for Landlord to employ an attorney to enforce
any of the conditions or covenants hereof, including the collection of rentals or gaining
possession of the Premises, Tenant agrees to pay all expenses so incurred, including a
reasonable attorneys’ fee.

25. RECORDING OF CALIFORNIA LEASE AGREEMENT . Tenant shall not record this California
Lease Agreement on the Public Records of any public office. In the event that Tenant shall
record this California Lease Agreement, this California Lease Agreement shall, at Landlord’s
option, terminate immediately and Landlord shall be entitled to all rights and remedies that it has
at law or in equity.

26. GOVERNING LAW . This California Lease Agreement shall be governed, construed and
interpreted by, through and under the Laws of the State of California.

27. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this California Lease Agreement or the application thereof
shall, for any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this
California Lease Agreement nor the application of the provision to other persons, entities or
circumstances shall be affected thereby, but instead shall be enforced to the maximum extent
permitted by law.

28. BINDING EFFECT . The covenants, obligations and conditions herein contained shall be binding
on and inure to the benefit of the heirs, legal representatives, and assigns of the parties hereto.

29. DESCRIPTIVE HEADINGS . The descriptive headings used herein are for convenience of
reference only and they are not intended to have any effect whatsoever in determining the rights
or obligations of the Landlord or Tenant.

30. CONSTRUCTION . The pronouns used herein shall include, where appropriate, either gender or
both, singular and plural.

31. NON-WAIVER . No delay, indulgence, waiver, non-enforcement, election or non-election by
Landlord under this California Lease Agreement will be deemed to be a waiver of any other
breach by Tenant, nor shall it affect Tenant’s duties, obligations, and liabilities hereunder.

32. MODIFICATION . The parties hereby agree that this document contains the entire agreement
between the parties and this California Lease Agreement shall not be modified, changed, altered
or amended in any way except through a written amendment signed by all of the parties hereto.

33. NOTICE . Any notice required or permitted under this Lease or under state law shall be delivered
to Tenant at the Property address, and to Landlord at the following address:


34. LEAD-BASED PAINT DISCLOSURE. If the premises were constructed prior to 1978, Tenant
acknowledges receipt of the form entitled “LEAD-BASED PAINT DISCLOSURE” which contains
disclosure of information on lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards.

35. DATABASE DISCLOSURE. NOTICE: The California Department of Justice, sheriff’s
departments, police departments serving jurisdictions of 200,000 or more, and many other local
law enforcement authorities maintain for public access a database of the locations of persons
required to register pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 290.4 of the Penal
Code. The data base is updated on a quarterly basis and a source of information about the
presence of these individuals in any neighborhood. The Department of Justice also maintains a

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Sex Offender Identification Line through which inquiries about individuals may be made. This is a
“900” telephone service. Callers must have specific information about individuals they are
checking. Information regarding neighborhoods is not available through the “900” telephone
service. Additional information about sex offenders may be displayed on the Internet at

36. JOINT AND INDIVIDUAL OBLIGATIONS. If more than one Tenant signs this Agreement,
each one shall be individually and completely responsible for the performance of all obligations of
the Tenant under this Agreement, jointly with every other Tenant, and individually, irrespective of
whether such Tenant is in possession.

37. FOREIGN LANGUAGE NEGOTIATION. If Landlord and Tenant have negotiated this
Agreement primarily in Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, or Vietnamese, pursuant to the California Civil
Code, Landlord shall provide Tenant a translation of this Agreement in the language used for the

As to Landlord this ______ day of ________________________, 20_____.


Sign: ___________________________________

Print: _________________________________ Date: ______________

As to Tenant, this ______ day of ________________________, 20_____.


Sign: ___________________________________

Print: __________________________________ Date: ______________


Sign: ___________________________________

Print: __________________________________ Date: ______________


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