Do you need written rental agreement for 1 month residential vacancy?
Due to circumstances, we have a vacant house. A friend has a relative that is interested in staying but only for 4-5 weeks . This works for us (we will have a long term occupant but not until the new year). We verbally agreed on a rental price for this time. Should we have a written agreement as well? Does a security deposit make sense for this short time?
This relative is actually in the military and will be deployed in January. Just needs a place to stay for the month.
- Landlord365Lv 51 month agoFavorite Answer
No you don't need a written one but it is still a good idea. A verbal month to month rental agreement is 100% legal. You & the tenant would still be bound by all landlord/ tenant laws for your state.
Yes you still should charge a deposit. They can still cause damage in 1 month.
- BortLv 61 month ago
Verbal agreements are perfectly legal. As long as you're legally able to rent the property how you create your agreements with tenants is completely up to you and the tenant. It doesn't have to be in writing and signed by law, verbal agreements are accepted by law and assumed month-to-month terms.
Agreement terms in writing are better protection for both you and the tenant. If you trust this person...just go with a verbal agreement. If you want a written lease for peace of mind that something is in writting create a written agreement for it. If you already have a lease form you can use that, just make notes on it about the length of the agreement only being 4-5 weeks, and make corrections or notes anywhere else on it that you or the tenant prefers adjusted because of the short term they say they'll be staying.
Having it in writing is best in my opinion. Things can go sour quickly. Say this person's other plans 5 weeks from now fall through and they need to stay longer. It's your word against theirs. If it's in writting and signed that's a contract you both have to follow.
- No MercyLv 72 months ago
of course yes to both of your questions. what if that tenant trashes your place?
- MoonWomanLv 72 months ago
Yes, have them sign a rental agreement.
One would hope a security deposit isn't necessary; however your friend's relative could be one of those people who has no respect for other people's property.
Yes, ask for a security deposit.
Make sure you specify the rental dates in case they want to over stay, due to no where to go...
As you stated you have a long term tenant arriving in 2020.
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- JudyLv 72 months ago
Legally you don't NEED either, you the owners get to decide. But you'd be wise to have both a written agreement AND a security deposit.
- SimplytheFACTSLv 72 months ago
should you...yes...to protect all parties....yes on the security, but maybe only 25% of the rent.
- A HunchLv 72 months ago
I'd be most concerned that they don't leave when the are supposed to.
A rental agreement probably won't protect you against this, but it's a start....
- GypsyfishLv 72 months ago
You don't legally need one, but it's good protection How much do you trust the friend's relative. What if he trashes the place and your long term occupant refuses to move in?