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A Good Lease

As a landlord in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, it is your responsibility to draft and execute a lease agreement between yourself and your tenant. Several online platforms can help you draft a lease agreement tailored to your specific requirements. 

These online platforms include:

Rocket Lawyer
Offers customizable lease agreement templates along with legal advice and guidance from attorneys if needed.

LegalZoom
Provides access to professional legal documents, including lease agreements, which can be customized based on your specific needs and state regulations.

LawDepot
Offers a user-friendly interface to create custom lease agreements with a variety of options and clauses tailored to the laws of your state or region.


Clearly state the names of all parties involved, including the landlord, tenants, and any property managers. 

Provide a detailed description of the rental property, including the address, unit number (if applicable), and any specific features or amenities included.

Define the duration of the lease, including the start and end date of the tenancy, as well as any provisions for renewal or termination.

Clearly outline the amount of rent due, the due date for each payment, acceptable payment methods, and any late fees or penalties for overdue rent.

Specify the amount of the security deposit required, the conditions for its refund or withholding, and the timeframe for return after the tenancy ends.

Clearly define the responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant regarding property maintenance, repairs, and upkeep.

Clarify which utilities and services (such as water, electricity, gas, internet, or cable) are included in the rent and which are the responsibility of the tenant.

Specify any restrictions on the use of the property, such as limitations on subleasing, prohibited activities, or rules related to alterations of the property.

Include provisions for lease termination, such as conditions for early termination, notice periods required by both parties, and any associated fees or penalties.

Establish a process for resolving disputes between the landlord and the tenant, including mediation or arbitration procedures, to handle any disagreements that may arise during the tenancy.

Ensure the lease agreement complies with all relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations, including fair housing laws and tenant rights.