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Residential Lease Agreement

THIS LEASE (the "Lease") dated this       day of


_________________________ of ________________________________________________________________

(the "Landlord")


- AND-

_________________________ of ________________________________________________________________

(the "Tenant")


IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant, the Tenant leasing those premises from the Landlord and the mutual benefits and obligations provided in this Lease, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the parties to this Lease agree as follows:

Leased Premises

The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the apartment municipally described as _____________________________________________________________________, (the 'Premises') for use as residential premises only.  Neither the Premises nor any part of the Premises will be used at any time during the term of this Lease by Tenant for the purpose of carrying on any business, profession, or trade of any kind, or for the purpose other than as a private single-family residence.

No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Premises for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.


The term of the Lease commences at 12:00 noon on                and ends at                   on                                .


Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Premises is $0.00 per month (the "Rent").  

The Tenant will pay the Rent on or before the ____________________ of each and every month of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at _________________________, or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate.

Upon the signing of this Lease, the Tenant will make a single payment of $0.00 to the Landlord, the amount of which is equal to the Rent for one rental period.  This rental deposit will be applied as Rent in the last rental period before the end of the Lease. This amount cannot be used to pay for damages caused by the Tenant or as any form of damage deposit.

Quiet Enjoyment

The Landlord covenants that on paying the Rent and performing the covenants contained in this Lease, the Tenant will peacefully and quietly have, hold, and enjoy the Premises for the agreed term.


The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss. The Tenant is advised that, if insurance coverage is desired by the Tenant, the Tenant should inquire of Tenant's insurance agent regarding a renter's policy of insurance.


If at any time during the term of this Lease, the Tenant abandons the Premises or any part of the Premises, the Landlord may, at its option, enter the Premises by any means without being liable for any prosecution for such entering, and without becoming liable to the Tenant for damages or for any payment of any kind whatever, and may, at the Landlord's discretion, as agent for the Tenant, rent the Premises, or any part of the Premises, for the whole or any part of the then unexpired term, and may receive and collect all rent payable by virtue of such renting, and, at the Landlord's option, hold the Tenant liable for any difference between the Rent that would have been payable under this Lease during the balance of the unexpired term, if this Lease had continued in force, and the net rent for such period realized by the Landlord by means of the renting. If the Landlord's right of re-entry is exercised following abandonment of the Premises by the Tenant, then the Landlord may consider any personal property belonging to the Tenant and left on the Premises to also have been abandoned, in which case the Landlord may dispose of all such personal property in any manner the Landlord will deem proper and is relieved of all liability for doing so.

Attorney Fees

In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful party in the action will pay to the successful party, in addition to all the sums that either party may be called on to pay a reasonable sum for the successful party's attorney fees.

Governing Law

It is the intention of the parties to this Lease that the tenancy created by this Lease and the performance under this Lease, and all suits and special proceedings under this Lease, be construed in accordance with and governed, to the exclusion of the law of any other forum, by the laws of State of New York, without regard to the jurisdiction in which any action or special proceeding may be instituted.


If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of State of New York (the 'Act'), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.

In the event that any of the provisions of this Lease will be held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, those provisions to the extent enforceable and all other provisions will nevertheless continue to be valid and enforceable as though the invalid or unenforceable parts had not been included in this Lease and the remaining provisions had been executed by both parties subsequent to the expungement of the invalid provision.

Amendment of Lease

Any amendment or modification of this Lease or additional obligation assumed by either party in connection with this Lease will only be binding if evidenced in writing signed by each party or an authorized representative of each party.

Damage to Premises

If the Premises, or any part of the Premises, will be partially damaged by fire or other casualty not due to the Tenant's negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant's employee, family, agent, or visitor, the Premises will be promptly repaired by the Landlord and there will be an abatement of Rent corresponding with the time during which, and the extent to which, the Premises may have been untenantable. However, if the Premises should be damaged other than by the Tenant's negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant's employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Premises, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.

Care and Use of Premises

The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Premises or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.

The Tenant will not make (or allow to be made) any noise or nuisance which, in the reasonable opinion of the Landlord, disturbs the comfort or convenience of other tenants.

The Tenant will keep the Premises reasonably clean.

The Tenant will dispose of its trash in a timely, tidy, proper and sanitary manner.

The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Premises.

The Landlord and Tenant will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.

The Tenant agrees that no signs will be placed or painting done on or about the Premises by the Tenant or at the Tenant's direction without the prior, express, and written consent of the Landlord. Notwithstanding the above provision, the Tenant may place election signs on the Premises during the appropriate time periods.

If the Tenant is absent from the Premises and the Premises are unoccupied for a period of four consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.

The hallways, passages and stairs of the building in which the Premises are situated will be used for no purpose other than going to and from the Premises and the Tenant will not in any way encumber those areas with boxes, furniture or other material or place or leave rubbish in those areas and other areas used in common with any other tenant.

Footwear which are soiled or wet should be removed at the entrance to the building in which the Premises are located and taken into the Tenant's Premises.

At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Premises in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Prior to the Tenant taking possession of the Premises, the Landlord will ensure that any carbon monoxide alarm in place is operational. Upon possession, the Landlord will provide the Tenant with working batteries, for all carbon monoxide alarms. The Landlord will be responsible for the repair and replacement of any missing or nonfunctional carbon monoxide alarm upon written request of the Tenant.

The Tenant will keep, test, and maintain in good repair all the carbon monoxide alarms in the Premises. The Tenant must provide the Landlord or the Landlord’s agent with a written notice if any carbon monoxide alarm needs its batteries replaced or if the alarm is stolen, removed, missing , or not operational. Further, the Tenant must notify the Landlord, or its agent, in writing of any deficiency in any carbon monoxide alarm that the Tenant is unable to fix.

No person may remove any batteries from, or in any way render inoperable, a carbon monoxide alarm except as part of the process to inspect, maintain, repair or replace the alarm or batteries in the alarm.

Hazardous Materials

The Tenant will not keep or have on the Premises any article or thing of a dangerous, flammable, or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire on the Premises or that might be considered hazardous by any responsible insurance company.

Rules and Regulations

The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations posted by the Landlord regarding the use and care of the building, parking lot, laundry room and other common facilities that are provided for the use of the Tenant in and around the building containing the Premises.

Lead Warning

Housing built before 1978 may contain lead based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not taken care of properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of known lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling.  Lessees must also receive a Federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.

Address for Notice

For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Premises or through the phone number below.  After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is as follows:

Name: _________________________.

Address: ________________________________________________________________.

Phone:  _________________________.

Fax: _________________________.

Post termination notice address: ________________________________________________________________.