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Table of Contents
- Connecticut Residential Lease Agreement
- Landlord-Tenant Laws
- Required Disclosures
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Connecticut Rental Forms and Templates
- Other State Lease Agreements
- Create Connecticut Lease
Connecticut Residential Lease Agreement
If you rent residential real estate in Connecticut, you need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Connecticut Lease laws. Our Lease is EZ to create and guaranteed to comply with all CT Lease Laws
Here’s how the process works:
- Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease Agreement
- As you do, get State Assist tips to help point out important state Lease laws.
- All state-required forms, language, and documents are automatically added to your Lease Package
- You can add any additional documents or disclosures you want with just a click of a button, for example, a Pet Addendum,, Hurricane Addendum or Guest Policy.
- Once your Lease Agreement is completed, you can review and sign it online using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
Our Connecticut Lease Agreement
Ending and Renewing
At least 30 days’ notice is required to end or renew a Lease term in Connecticut.
For persons 62 years or older, the security deposit shall not exceed 1 month's rent.
For persons 62 years or younger, the security deposit shall not exceed 2 month's rent.
Tenants are entitled to interest for all months on which rent is paid on time. Landlords must pay Tenants interest on security deposits of at least the average commercial bank's savings deposit rate as annually determined and published by the Banking Commissioner.
Interest must be paid annually on the anniversary date of a tenancy either directly to Tenants or as a credit towards the next month's rent.
Please Note: Landlords who fail to pay interest on the security deposit may be sued or subject to a fine.
Landlords must return the balance of the security deposit within 30 days of Lease termination, plus any unpaid interest and if applicable a list of damages that the Landlord has deducted.
It's not required to specify in the Lease the maximum number of days to return the security deposit. This is optional.
Returned Payment Fee
A returned payment fee must not exceed $20 and must be specified within the Lease.
Landlords may impose a late fee after a 9-day grace period from the date rent is due.
Please Note: It's important to change the default number in the field where it states - The Tenant is charged a late fee after "5" (default number) days to "9" days.
A late charge on a periodic payment that is delinquent for ten days or more MUST BE specified in the Lease and may not exceed the lesser of $10 or 5% of the unpaid portion of the late periodic payment
Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance.
Notice to Enter
The Landlord shall give the Tenant reasonable written or oral notice of his intent to enter and may enter only at reasonable times, except in case of emergency.
Rent Payment: No Landlord of residential real property shall require electronic funds transfer as the exclusive form of payment of rent or a security deposit.
ALL dwellings MUST be equipped with smoke detection and warning equipment.
This includes carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment unless they do not contain a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage. Building owners must install the equipment on each level of a building.
Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
Good news! All Connecticut-required disclosures are automatically included in our Connecticut Lease Agreement!
- Common Interest Community Disclosure: If your rental unit is located in a common-interest community, the following disclosure must be attached.
- Landlord Identity: The owner or agent is required to identify themselves in the Lease Agreement and provide an address where legal notices can be sent.
- Landlord-Tenant Guide:This resource that outlines Tenant and Landlord rights and responsibilities should be provided to every Tenant in order to ensure that they know all state Lease laws.
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure:Pursuant to federal law, if a property was built before 1978, the occupants must be provided with a lead-based paint disclosure.
Have other disclosures you’d like to include? You can select from over 20 additional documents and disclosures that can be added to your Lease Package with just a click of a button. For example, a Pet Addendum, Guest Policy, Tenant Welcome Letter, or Shared-Utilities Disclosure.
Pro Tip: The more thorough your Lease Package is, the better! Adding additional documents to address your rental unit’s unique needs will help to set Tenants up for success and make sure that your property is well taken care of.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does a Lease need to be notarized in Connecticut?
No, Connecticut Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized. The Lease is legally binding and fully enforceable as long as it’s signed by both parties. The Landlord, or lessor, and Tenant, or lessee, can choose to have the Lease notarized, but they don’t have to.
What is the standard Lease term in Connecticut?
The standard Lease term is one year (12 months). While that’s the most common Lease term, longer and shorter terms are acceptable as long as both parties agree and it’s stated in the Lease Agreement. We offer month-to-month Lease Agreements, short-term Rental Contracts,and Vacation Rental Agreements. Plus, when you customize your Lease Agreement in our Lease builder, you can enter the Lease term that you need.
Who needs a Lease Agreement in Connecticut?
Anyone who Leases residential real estate needs a Lease Agreement in place before handing over legal possession to Tenants. This is true whether you own an apartment building, condo, single-family home or duplex. Should any problems arise with the Tenants, it’s the Lease Agreement that will protect the Landlord
A simple, generic Lease Agreement is better than nothing. That said, a basic Lease form or a Word template will not provide Landlords with complete protection, especially if your Tenants break the Lease. Instead, it’s important to have a state-specific Lease Agreement. You can get a blank, fillable Lease form like the one offered by the Connecticut Association of Realtors. However, this won’t be customized to your property or its needs.
To make sure you and your property are protected, it’s smart to use a customizable, state-specific Lease Agreement. This is the best way to reduce the likelihood of bad rental outcomes and to ensure that you’re protected if any Lease violations do arise.
How should I store my Connecticut Lease?
Once your Connecticut Lease Agreement is completed, it is automatically stored securely on the cloud using our ezCloudStorage. In addition, it’s EZ to download as a PDF, and it’s printable. This means Landlords can save a hard copy, save a copy on their computer, and/or save a copy in the cloud. It doesn’t matter too much how you decide to save your Lease, as long as it’s secure and accessible.
Pro Tip: Keep your Lease accessible and refer to it often. The best Lease is one that you actually use - not one that both parties sign and never refer to again!
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Connecticut Rental Forms and Templates
The Lease Agreement is just the first of many forms that Landlords need. That’s why we offer forms for the entire Landlord Lifecycle
- Move-In/Move-Out Walkthrough Checklist: Use this checklist to document property conditions at move-in and move-out. If you collect a security deposit, this is vital documentation to have.
- Rent Ledger: Our rent ledger makes it EZ for Landlords to keep track of rent payments for each rental unit.
- Connecticut Eviction Process Instructions and Sample Forms: This is a great resource for any Landlord that needs to begin the eviction process.
- Connecticut Notice to Quit - Possession: When there is a Lease violation and you want to retake possession of your property, this is the Notice to provide to Tenants.
- Connecticut Official Complaint - Nonpayment of Rent: This is the document Landlords should use to initiate eviction proceedings after they’ve provided Tenants with proper notice.
- Connecticut Official Complaint - Termination of Lease by Lapse of Time: This is the form that Landlords should use when a Tenant has not vacated the rental unit at the end of the Lease term.
Need another form? We have over 400 more!
Other State Lease Agreement
- Massachusetts Residential Lease Agreement: Create the complete Massachusetts Lease Package online in minutes!
- New Jersey Renal Contract: The EZ way to create a great New Jersey Lease Agreement.
- New York Lease Agreement: Comply with all of New York’s complex Lease laws.
- Pennsylvania Lease Contract: Create your complete PA Lease Agreement entirely online in minutes.
- Rhode Island Residential Lease Agreement: Enjoy unlimited access to our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
Need another state? We’ve got them all!
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What are the 3 most important clauses you should look for in a lease? ›
- Rent Liability. This clause states that tenants are jointly and severally liable for the full rent amount. ...
- Severability Clause. ...
- Access to Premises. ...
- Use of Premises. ...
- Holding Over. ...
- Sublet Rules. ...
- Disturbance Clause. ...
- Lessee to Maintain.
Does Microsoft Word have a lease agreement template? Yes, Microsoft Word has a free lease agreement template that you can customize to create your own contract and minimize any potential problems between tenant and landlord.What are 3 things to consider before signing a lease? ›
- There are signs it might be a rental scam. ...
- The property manager or landlord is hard to contact. ...
- The landlord asks questions they're not allowed. ...
- The lease isn't the standard form or it's incomplete. ...
- The landlord asks to be added to your insurance policy.
Your landlord only needs to give 'reasonable notice' to quit. Usually this means the length of the rental payment period – so if you pay rent monthly, you'll get one month's notice.Can my landlord evict me for no reason? ›
At the end of a fixed term tenancy, landlords don't need a reason to evict tenants – as long as they've given tenants the correct notice, they can apply to a court for a possession order.What are 5 things that should be included in a lease? ›
- Names of all tenants. ...
- Limits on occupancy. ...
- Term of the tenancy. ...
- Rent. ...
- Deposits and fees. ...
- Repairs and maintenance. ...
- Entry to rental property. ...
- Restrictions on tenant illegal activity.
The most important clause to landlords is the duty of the tenant to pay the rent in full and on time. This includes the right to charge a fee for damages if payment is late. Other important clauses grant the landlord the right to enforce the rules and regulations written into the lease.What is a cleanliness clause? ›
In fact, during his One Direction days, the bandmates had something called a 'cleanliness clause' baked into their contracts, which had strict stipulations about how they could and couldn't behave publicly and what they could and couldn't say in interviews.How do I write a simple rental agreement? ›
- Identify the parties to the agreement and the address of the property you own. ...
- The term of the tenancy and how it ends. ...
- Rent and security deposit. ...
- What's included with the rental. ...
- Pets. ...
- Each occupant's name and the number of occupants.
Does Google Docs have a lease agreement template? With our website, you can have an effective rental agreement and easily hand it out to your new tenants confidently simply by downloading our Rental Agreement Template in Google Docs.
How can you convert a PDF to Word document? ›
- Open a PDF file in Acrobat.
- Click on the “Export PDF” tool in the right pane.
- Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose “Word Document.”
- Click “Export.” If your PDF contains scanned text, the Acrobat Word converter will run text recognition automatically.
- Rent Amount and Due Date. Make sure the lease matches the rent you expect to pay. ...
- Terminating and Renewing. Many times a lease simply ends on the date stated in the lease. ...
- Guests. ...
- Subletting. ...
- Maintenance Responsibilities. ...
- Pets. ...
- Renters Insurance.
- count on quality coverage. ...
- How long is the lease term? ...
- What's included in the rent? ...
- When is rent due and how do I pay it? ...
- Is the security deposit refundable? ...
- Is renters insurance required? ...
- How much notice do I give before vacating?
Landlords do not report apartment leases to your credit report on a monthly basis. As long as the leaseholder continues to make his rent payment each month on time, co-signing the apartment lease does not affect your credit score beyond the initial inquiry.Can a landlord tell you who can be at your house? ›
Whilst they have no legal right to tell you who can visit, your landlord may request that you keep guests to a minimum in order to control noise. This is especially true of apartments.Can a landlord increase rent? ›
Except where there is a valid regulation of rent (Rent Control Laws), generally, a landlord can increase the rent of his property at anytime and to any rate, so far as it is done before a tenant rents the property.Can a landlord refuse to renew a tenancy agreement? ›
Although business tenants generally have the right to renew the tenancy of their premises when it comes to an end, landlords can refuse to grant a new tenancy in some cases.Can tenants refuse to leave? ›
If you do not leave at the end of the notice period, your landlord must apply to the court for a possession order. If the court gives them a possession order and you still do not leave, they must apply for a warrant for possession - this means bailiffs can evict you from the property.On what grounds can a landlord evict a tenant? ›
- The tenant has breached their responsibilities. ...
- The property is not suited to the tenant's needs. ...
- The landlord requires the property for personal or family use* ...
- The landlord wants to sell the property. ...
- Significant refurbishment of the property* ...
- The use of the property is changing*
Your landlord must give you a written Eviction Notice, sometimes called a "Notice To Quit." If you do not have a lease, the Notice will tell you that you have either 7 days or 30 days to move out. If you have a lease then the lease will usually say what kind of notice the landlord has to give you.
What a landlord Cannot do in Georgia? ›
Georgia law says that a landlord cannot make a tenant make or pay for repairs, unless that tenant, his/her family or guests caused the damage. For serious repair problems, local housing code departments can inspect for possible violations.What are my rights as a tenant in Arizona? ›
Tenants in Arizona have the right to certain disclosures about rent. This includes how and when the rent will be paid, penalties for nonpayment of rent, any applicable late fees and the process for increasing a tenant's rent.What does a lease violation mean in Texas? ›
Lease violations are anything a tenant or landlord does that violates the agreement they signed. The most common one is non-payment of rent, but it's not the only issue. Here's some of the other ways a tenant can break a lease: Housing unauthorized occupants. Smoking in the rental.What are my rights as a renter in Hawaii? ›
Tenants have the right to seek a rental unit in a habitable condition. If the property ever needs some repairs, the Hawaii tenant can request repairs from their landlord. If the landlord doesn't respond within the required notice, the tenant may exercise their repair and deduct right.