LEASE-SIGNING CHECKLIST

Lease-Signing Checklist

Before you commit to renting a housing unit, you should clearly understand the responsibilities involved with each of the following terms.  They should explicitly be identified in your lease.  Compare any lease you are considering signing with applicable tenant-landlord laws.  As you are reading through your lease, make sure the following items are addressed within the document.  If some things are not addressed, be sure to ask the landlord about his or her policy regarding those items.  You may also request to have items added to the lease.  For questions about leases and legal issues involved in tenant-landlord relationships, contact at Landlord Tenant Resource Center (202) 508-1710. Check website: www.dccourts/civil/landlord_tenant.jsp.

RENT

____Amount
____Due Date
____Penalty for late payment
____Reduction for advance payment
____Price changes
____Conditions for price changes

SECURITY/DAMAGE PAYMENTS

____Amount
____Conditions for return
____Date for return

TERMINATION

____Ability to sublet
____Conditions for sublet
____Conditions for terminating lease

PARKING

____Location
____Limitations

ADDITIONAL COSTS

____Utilities (i.e., gas, electric, water, internet)
____Pet-related charges/deposit
____Overnight or weekend guests
____Parking
____Furnishings
____Cleaning
____Other

RESTRICTIONS

____Smoking
____Noise
____Storage
____Pets
____Alterations (i.e., picture hanging, painting)
____Conduct
____Parties

TIME OF OCCUPANCY

____Dates (be exact)
____Requirements for moving notification   or renewal
____Number of occupants (min and max)

DAMAGES

____Responsibility for damages
____Assessment of damages
____Responsibility for repairs

CHANGES IN AGREEMENT

____Conditions for changes in agreement
____Process for changing agreement

LAUNDRY FACILITIES

____Provision of facilities
____Ability for tenant to install machines
____Other limitations

INSPECTION

____When
____By whom (i.e., landlord, add’l inspectors)
____Use of rental inventory
____Letter of compliance
____Notification of inspection

CLEANING

____Responsibility
____Frequency
____Equipment provided

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

____Planned improvements/special work

OWNER

____Name and address of property owner
____Name and address of property manager