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RENTAL AGREEMENT

This agreement made this ______ day of _______, 20___, by and between _______________________________________________________________________ (owners), hereinafter referred to as “landlord,” and
_______________________________________________________________________, hereinafter referred to as “tenant,” whether one or more. This agreement creates joint liability in the case of multiple residents. The premises described herein shall be occupied only by the tenant and
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

1. TERMS: The landlord hereby leases to tenant, and tenant hereby rents from landlord, residence located at _______________________________________________________________________

Tenant agrees to pay in advance $______ per month on the ____ day of each month. This agreement shall commence on _________________________ and continue until _______________________ as leasehold. Thereafter it shall become a month-to-month tenancy only in the case where a new lease has not been agreed upon. If tenant should move from the premises prior to the expiration of this time period, he or she shall be liable for all rent due until such time that the Residence is occupied by a landlord-approved paying tenant and/or expiration of said time period, whichever is shorter.

2. PAYMENTS: Rent and/or other charges are to be sent to: ___________________________________________________. All payments are to be made by personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Cash payments will not be accepted. Landlord acknowledges receipt of the Security Deposit of $__________. All payments are to be made payable to ___________________________________________________.

3. SECURITY DEPOSITS: The total of the above deposits shall secure compliance with the terms and conditions of this agreement and shall be refunded to tenant within 30 days after the premises have been completely vacated less any amount necessary to pay landlord; a) any unpaid rent, b) cleaning costs, c) key replacement costs, d) cost for repair of damages to premises and/or common areas above ordinary wear and tear, and e) any other amount legally allowable under the terms of this agreement. A written accounting of said charges shall be presented to tenant within 30 days of move-out. If deposits do not cover such costs and damages, the tenant shall immediately pay said additional costs for damages to landlord.

4. LATE CHARGE: A late fee of $10 per day, (not to exceed $150), shall be added and due for any payment of rent made after the ____________ of the month. Any dishonored check shall be treated as unpaid rent, and subject to an additional fee of $25.

5. UTILITIES: Tenant agrees to pay all utilities and/or services based upon occupancy of the premises except: water, sewer, and trash removal services. Tenant may be billed by landlord or directly by utility company.

6. PETS: Absolutely no pets without the written permission of the landlord. Except: _______________________________________________________________________.

Where applicable, tenant agrees to the attached pet policy and all that it entails.

7. OCCUPANTS: Guest(s) staying over 15 days without the written consent of landlord shall be considered a breach of this agreement.

8. FURNISHINGS: No liquid filled furniture is permitted without prior written consent and meeting the requirements of the landlord.

9. NOISE: Tenant agrees not to cause or allow any noise or activity on the premises which might disturb the peace and quiet of another tenant and/or neighbor. Said noise and/or activity shall be a breach of this agreement.

10. DESTRUCTION OF PREMISES: If the premises become totally or partially destroyed during the term of this Agreement so that tenant’s use is seriously impaired, landlord or tenant may terminate this Agreement immediately upon three day written notice to the other.

11. REPAIRS OR ALTERATIONS: Tenant agrees to make no alterations or additions to the premises without the express written permission of the landlord. This includes painting and changing of the locks. All alterations or additions made to the premises with the consent of the landlord become the property of the landlord.

12: PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: Tenant agrees to keep yard free of debris, to water the lawn on a regular basis during the summer months, to mow and trim the lawn at least once per week, or more if needed, during the growing season. Upon failure to do so, the landlord reserves the right to have these services performed at the expense of the tenant. Tenant agrees to snow shoveling in accordance with the city code of Lakewood, CO.

13. CHANGE OF TERMS: The terms and conditions of this agreement are subject to future change by landlord after the expiration of the agreed lease period upon 30-day written notice setting forth such change and delivered to tenant. Any changes are subject to laws in existence at the time of the Notice of Change Of Terms.

14. TERMINATION: Only in the absence of a new lease at the expiration of the leasing period, this agreement is automatically renewed from month to month, but may be terminated by either party giving to the other a 30-day written notice of intention to terminate. The premises shall be considered vacated only after all areas including storage areas are clear of all tenant’s belongings, and keys and other property furnished for tenant’s use are returned to landlord. Should the tenant hold over beyond the termination date or fail to vacate all possessions on or before the termination date, tenant shall be liable for additional rent and damages which may include damages due to landlord’s loss of prospective new renters.

15. INSURANCE: Tenant acknowledges that landlord’s insurance does not cover personal property damage caused by fire, theft, rain, war, acts of God, acts of others, and/or any other causes, nor shall landlord be held liable for such losses. Tenant is hereby advised to obtain his or her own insurance policy to cover any personal losses.

16. RIGHT OF ENTRY AND INSPECTION: Landlord may enter, inspect, and/or repair the premises at any time in case of emergency or suspected abandonment. Landlord shall give 24 hours advance notice and may enter for the purpose of showing the premises to prospective renters, buyers, lenders, for smoke alarm inspections, and/or for normal inspections and repairs. Landlord is permitted to make all alterations, repairs and maintenance that in landlord’s judgment is necessary to perform.

17. ASSIGNMENT: Tenant agrees not to transfer, assign or sublet the premises or any part thereof.

18. PARTIAL INVALIDITY: Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as waiving any of the landlord or tenant’s rights under the law. If any part of this Agreement shall be in conflict with the law, that part shall be void to the extent that it is in conflict, but shall not invalidate this Agreement nor shall it affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.

19. NO WAIVER: Landlord’s acceptance of rent with knowledge of any default by tenant or waiver by landlord of any breach of any term of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of subsequent, or other current, or past breaches. Failure to require compliance or to exercise any right shall not be constituted as a waiver by landlord of said term, condition, and/or right, and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any provision of this Agreement.

20. ATTORNEY FEES: If any legal action or proceedings be brought by either party of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be reimbursed for all reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in addition to other damages awarded.

21. JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY: The undersigned tenants are jointly and severally responsible and liable for all obligations under this agreement.

22. EVICTION: Any failures by the Tenant to pay rent or other charges promptly when due shall constitute a default herein under and permit Landlord at its option to terminate this tenancy upon 3 days’ written notice to Tenant.  Failure to comply with any other material term or condition herein shall also constitute a default and permit Landlord at its option to terminate this tenancy upon 30 days’ written notice to Tenant.  Upon such termination(s), all leasehold rights of Tenant under this agreement shall be forfeited and Tenant shall surrender possession.

23. WASTE: Tenant shall deposit all garbage and waste in a clean and sanitary manner into the proper receptacles and shall cooperate in keeping the garbage area neat and clean. Tenant shall be responsible for disposing of items of such size and nature as are not normally acceptable by the garbage hauler. Tenant is fully and solely responsible for either disposing of trash not accepted by a normal weekly waste removal service or packaging trash so that it will be accepted by a normal weekly waste removal service. Tenant shall not allow any trash, garbage, rubbish or refuse to stand on the exterior of the premises for more than one week.

24. CLEANLINESS: Tenants shall keep and maintain the interior and exterior of the demised premises in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, ordinary wear and tear and damage by the elements excepted.

25. VEHICLES: Tenant agrees to keep vehicles in working condition and parked legally at all times. A vehicle is unauthorized and illegally parked if it:

  1. is inoperable, including a flat tire;
  2. is on jacks, blocks or has wheels missing;
  3. takes up more than one parking space;
  4. belongs to a tenant no longer living on the premises;
  5. blocks other vehicles from entering or exiting the premises;
  6. is parked on the grass or sidewalks;
  7. blocks garbage truck access to dumpsters; or
  8. does not have a current license, registration or inspection sticker.

Parking: Tenant shall be entitled to use _____ parking space(s) for the parking of the following motor vehicle(s). Additional motor vehicles must be approved in writing with a letter of consent from the landlord.

Please list vehicles and license plate numbers:

Type:____________________________________________
Plate Number: _____________________________________
Type:____________________________________________
Plate Number: _____________________________________
Type:____________________________________________
Plate Number: _____________________________________
Type:____________________________________________
Plate Number: _____________________________________

If tenant fails to comply, Landlord will have the vehicle towed at tenant’s expense.

26. REPORT TO CREDIT/TENANT AGENCIES: Tenant is hereby notified that a nonpayment, late payment or breach of any of the terms of this rental agreement may be submitted/reported to a credit and/or tenant reporting agency, and may create a negative credit record on your credit report.

27. DRAIN STOPPAGES: As of the date of this Rental Agreement, landlord represents, warrants and covenants that the sewer system of the Residence is in good working order, and that the sewer system will accept normal household waste for which the sewer system was designed.

Landlord informs the Tenant that the sewer system of the Residence is not designed to accept many types of items, included but not limited to, paper diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, children’s toys, wads of toilet paper, balls of hair, grease, oil, table scraps, clothing, rags, sand, dirt, rocks or newspaper.

Tenant agrees to pay for clearing the sewer drains of the Residence of any and all stoppages, except for those stoppages which the landlord will agree were caused by defective plumbing, tree roots, acts of nature, or which are declared in writing to have been so caused by the plumber or other person who is called to clear the stoppage.

28. SMOKING: Tenant agrees and acknowledges that each of the following areas of the property has been designated as a smoke-free living environment and Tenant and members of Tenant’s household shall not smoke tobacco products in these areas, nor shall Tenant permit any guest or visitor under the control of Tenant to do so.

X Smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in the dwelling.

The purpose of this clause is to mitigate the following.

  1. the irritation and known health effects of secondhand smoke;
  2. the increased maintenance, cleaning, and redecorating costs from smoking;
  3. the increased risk of fire from smoking; and
  4. the high costs of fire insurance for properties where smoking is permitted.

29. LEAD NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: For rental dwellings built before 1978, Tenant acknowledges receipt of the following: (Please check)
___ Lead Based Paint Disclosure Form
___ EPA Pamphlet

30. NOTICES: All notices to tenant shall be served at tenant’s premises and all notices to landlord shall be served at

____________________________________________________________________________

31. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between landlord and tenant. No oral agreements have been entered into, and all modifications or notices shall be in writing to be valid.

32. RECEIPT OF AGREEMENT: The undersigned tenants have read and understand this Agreement and hereby acknowledge receipt of a copy of this Rental Agreement.

Landlord(s):    Print:   _______________________________________________________________

Sign: __________________________________________________________________________

Tenant(s):

Print:____________________________________________________________________

Sign:_______________________________________________Date:_________________

Print:_____________________________________________________________________

Sign:_______________________________________________Date:_________________


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