What should a Landlord Consider when Creating a Lease?

  • In creating a lease, landlords should put it in writing and include all issues required by code. The code requires the landlord to indicate exactly who owns the property and what address the tenant can use to mail any kinds of notices.
  • Include all tenants in the lease, so that if you have non-payment of rent issues, you can go after each tenant individually for the entire amount of the lease.
  • Include all tenant requirements such as cutting the grass or taking out the garbage.
  • Include a provision indicating that the tenant has received a copy of the landlord/tenant code, and make sure the tenant signs that particular provision, because tenants will sometimes testify in court that they didn’t receive a copy.
  • Consult and experienced attorney to guide you and make sure all your issues are covered.