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Alabama Residential Lease Agreement Form

Alabama-based landlords who wish to have a standard 12-month lease contract with their prospective tenant can use this agreement form.


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Alabama Residential Lease Agreement 	
 THIS LEASE AGREEMENT  (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement") made and 
entered into this ____________ day of ____________________________, 20__\
__, by and 
between ________________________________________________________________\
(hereinafter referred to  as "Landlord") and 
(hereinafter referred to as "Tenant").    
W I T N E S S E T H :   
WHEREAS, Landlord is the fee owner of certain r eal property being, lying and situated in 
_______________ County, Alabama, such real property having a street address of 
______________________________________________________________ (hereina\
referred to as the "Premises").      
            WHEREAS , Landlord desires to lease the Premises to Tenant upon the terms and 
conditions as contained herein; and     
            WHEREAS , Tenant desires to lease the Prem ises from Landlord on the terms and 
conditions as contai ned herein;     
            NOW, THEREFORE , for and in consideration of the covenants and obligations 
contained herein and other good a nd valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which 
is hereby acknowledged, the  parties hereto hereby agree as follows:     	
1. TERM .  Landlord leases to Tenant and Tenant leases from Landlord the above described 
Premises together with any and all appurtenances thereto, for a term of 
__________________ [specify number of months or years], such term beginning on 
__________________, and ending at 11:59 PM on ______________________.   
2.  RENT .  The total rent for the term hereof is the sum of 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
($____________) payable on the ______ day  of each month of the term, in equal 
installments of 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
($_____________), first and last installments to be paid upon the due execution of this 
Agreement, the second installment to be paid on _______________________.  All such 
payments shall be made to Landlord at Landlord's  address as set forth in the preamble to 
this Agreement on or before the due date and without demand.  
3.  DAMAGE DEPOSIT .  Upon the due execution of this Agreement, Tenant shall deposit 
with Landlord the sum of 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
($________) receipt of which is hereby acknowledged by Landlord, as security for any 
damage caused to the Premises during the term hereof.  Such deposit shall be returned 
to Tenant, without interest, and less any set off for damages to the Premises upon the 
termination of this Agreement.

4. USE OF PREMISES .  The Premises shall be used and occupied by Tenant and Tenant's 
immediate family, consisting of ______________________  
__________________________  ____________, exclusiv ely, as a private single family 
dwelling, and no part of the Premises shall be  used at any time during the term of this 
Agreement by Tenant for the purpose of carr ying on any business, profession, or trade of 
any kind, or for any purpose other than as a pr ivate single family dwelling.  Tenant shall 
not allow any other person, other than Tenant's  immediate family or transient relatives 
and friends who are guests of Tenant, to us e or occupy the Premises without first 
obtaining Landlord's written consent to such use.   Tenant shall comply with any and all 
laws, ordinances, rules and orders of any and all governmental or quasi-governmental 
authorities affecting the cleanliness, use, oc cupancy and preservation of the Premises.  
5. CONDITION OF PREMISES.  Tenant stipulates, represen ts and warrants that Tenant 
has examined the Premises, and that they are at the time of this Lease in good order, 
repair, and in a safe, clean and tenantable condition.   
6.  ASSIGNMENT AND SUB-LETTING .  Tenant shall not assign this Agreement, or sub-let 
or grant any license to use the Premises or  any part thereof without the prior written 
consent of Landlord.  A consent by Landlord to one such assignment, sub-letting or 
license shall not be deemed to be a consent  to any subsequent assignment, sub-letting 
or license.  An assignment, sub-letting or lic ense without the prior written consent of 
Landlord or an assignment or sub-letting by operation of law shall be absolutely null and 
void and shall, at Landlord's option, terminate this Agreement.  
7.  ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS .  Tenant shall make no alterations to the 
buildings or improvements on the Premises or  construct any building or make any other 
improvements on the Premises without the prio r written consent of Landlord.  Any and all 
alterations, changes, and/or improvements bu ilt, constructed or placed on the Premises 
by Tenant shall, unless otherwise provided  by written agreement between Landlord and 
Tenant, be and become the property of Landlord and remain on the Premises at the 
expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.  
8.  NON-DELIVERY OF POSSESSION .  In the event Landlord cannot deliver possession of 
the Premises to Tenant upon the commencement  of the Lease term, through no fault of 
Landlord or its agents, then Landlord or its  agents shall have no liability, but the rental 
herein provided shall abate until possession is given.  Landlord or its agents shall have 
thirty (30) days in which to give possession, and if possession is tendered within such 
time, Tenant agrees to accept the demised Premises and pay the rental herein provided 
from that date.  In the event possession c annot be delivered within such time, through no 
fault of Landlord or its agents, then this  Agreement and all rights hereunder shall 
9.  HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.  Tenant shall not keep on the Premises any item of a 
dangerous, flammable or explosive characte r that might unreasonably increase the 
danger of fire or explosion on the Premises or that might be considered hazardous or 
extra hazardous by any respon sible insurance company.   
10. UTILITIES .  Tenant shall be responsible for arranging for and paying for all utility services 
required on the Premises.   
11.  MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR; RULES .  Tenant will, at its sole expense, keep and 
maintain the Premises and appurtenances in good and sanitary condition and repair 
during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof.  Without limiting the 
generality of the foregoing, Tenant shall:

(a)	     Not obstruct the driveways, sidewalks, courts, entry ways, stairs and/or\
 halls, which shall be used for the  purposes of ingress and egress only; 	
(b)	    Keep all windows, glass, window cove rings, doors, locks and hardware in 
good, clean order and repair; 	
(c)	     Not obstruct or cover the windows or doors; 	
(d)	    Not leave windows or doors in an open position during any inclement  weather;  	
(e)	     Not hang any laundry, clothing, sheets,  etc.  from any window, rail, 
porch or balcony nor air or dry any  of same within any yard area or 
(f)	      	Not cause or permit any locks or hooks to be placed upon any door or  window without the prior written consent of Landlord; 	
(g)	    Keep all air conditioning filters clean and free from dirt; 	
(h)	    Keep all lavatories, sinks, toilets,  and all other water and plumbing 
apparatus in good order and repair  and shall use same only for the 
purposes for which they were constr ucted.  Tenant shall not allow any 
sweepings, rubbish, sand, rags, ashes or  other substances to be thrown 
or deposited therein.  Any damage to  any such apparatus and the cost 
of clearing stopped plumbing resultin g from misuse shall be borne by 
(i)	      	And Tenant's family and guests shall  at all times maintain order in the 
Premises and at all places on the Premises, and shall not make or 
permit any loud or improper noises,  or otherwise disturb other 
(j)	      	Keep all radios, television sets, st ereos, phonographs, etc., turned down 
to a level of sound that does not  annoy or interfere with other 
(k)	     Deposit all trash, garbage, rubbish or  refuse in the locations provided 
therefor and shall not allow any trash, garbage, rubbish or refuse to be\
deposited or permitted to stand on the exterior of any building or 
within the common elements; 	
(l)	      	Abide by and be bound by any and all ru les and regulations affecting the 
Premises or the common area appurtenant thereto which may be 
adopted or promulgated by the Condominium or Homeowners' 
Association having control over them.

12. DAMAGE TO PREMISES.  In the event the Premises are destroyed or rendered wholly 
uninhabitable by fire, storm, earthquake, or  other casualty not caused by the negligence 
of Tenant, this Agreement shall terminate fr om such time except for the purpose of 
enforcing rights that may hav e then accrued hereunder.  The rental provided for herein 
shall then be accounted for by and between Landlord and Tenant up to the time of such 
injury or destruction of the Premises, Tenant  paying rentals up to such date and Landlord 
refunding rentals collected beyond such date.   Should a portion of the Premises thereby 
be rendered uninhabitable, the Landlord shall  have the option of either repairing such 
injured or damaged portion or terminating th is Lease.  In the event that Landlord 
exercises its right to repair such uninhabit able portion, the rental shall abate in the 
proportion that the injured parts bears to the whole Premises, and such part so injured 
shall be restored by Landlord as speedily as practicable, after which the full rent shall 
recommence and the Agreement continue according to its terms.  
13.  INSPECTION OF PREMISES .  Landlord and Landlord's agents shall have the right at all 
reasonable times during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the 
Premises for the purpose of inspecting the Premises and all buildings and improvements 
thereon.  And for the purposes of making any repairs, additions or alterations as may be 
deemed appropriate by Landlord for the preserva tion of the Premises or the building.  
Landlord and its agents shall further have the right to exhibit the Premises and to display 
the usual "for sale", "for rent" or "vacancy" si gns on the Premises at any time within forty-
five (45) days before the expiration of this Lea se.   The right of entry shall likewise exist 
for the purpose of removing placards, signs, fixtures, alterations or additions, that do not 
conform to this Agreement or to any restrictions, rules or regulations affecting the 
14.  SUBORDINATION OF LEASE .  This Agreement and Tenant's interest hereunder are 
and shall be subordinate, junior and inferior to any and all mortgages, liens or 
encumbrances now or hereafter placed on the  Premises by Landlord, all advances made 
under any such mortgages, liens or encumbrances (including, but not limited to, future 
advances), the interest payable on such mort gages, liens or encumbrances and any and 
all renewals, extensions or modifications of such mortgages, liens or encumbrances.   
15.  TENANT'S HOLD OVER .  If Tenant remains in possession of the Premises with the 
consent of Landlord after the natural expiration of this Agreement, a new tenancy from 
month-to-month shall be created between Landlord and Tenant which shall be subject to 
all of the terms and conditions hereof except  that rent shall then be due and owing at 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
($___________) per month and except that such tenancy shall be terminable upon thirty 
(30) days written notice served by either party.  
16.  SURRENDER OF PREMISES .  Upon the expiration of the term hereof, Tenant shall 
surrender the Premises in as good a state and condition as they were at the 
commencement of this  Agreement, reasonable use and wear and tear thereof and 
damages by the elements excepted.    
17.  ANIMALS .  Tenant shall be entitled to keep no more than __________ (____) domestic 
dogs, cats or birds; however, at such time as Tenant shall actually keep any such animal 
on the Premises, Tenant shall pay to Landlord a pet deposit of 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
($_________) of which shall be non-refundabl e and shall be used upon the termination 
or expiration of this Agreement for the purpose s of cleaning the carpets of the building.

18. QUIET ENJOYMENT.  Tenant, upon payment of all of the sums referred to herein as 
being payable by Tenant and Tenant's pe rformance of all Tenant's agreements 
contained herein and Tenant's observance of all rules and regulations, shall and may 
peacefully and quietly have, hold and enjoy said Premises for the term hereof.   
19.  INDEMNIFICATION .  Landlord shall not be liable for any damage or injury of or to the 
Tenant, Tenant's family, guests, invitees, agents or employees or to any person entering 
the Premises or the building of which the Premises are a part or to goods or equipment, 
or in the structure or equipment of the structure of which the Premises are a part, and 
Tenant hereby agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Landlord harmless from any and all 
claims or assertions of every kind and nature.   
20.  DEFAULT.  If Tenant fails to comply with any  of the material provisions of this 
Agreement, other than the covenant to pay ren t, or of any present rules and regulations 
or any that may be hereafter prescribed by Landlor d, or materially fails to comply with 
any duties imposed on Tenant by statute, with in seven (7) days after delivery of written 
notice by Landlord specifying the non-complia nce and indicating the intention of Landlord 
to terminate the Lease by reason thereof,  Landlord may terminate this Agreement. If 
Tenant fails to pay rent when due and the defaul t continues for seven (7) days thereafter, 
Landlord may, at Landlord's option, declare t he entire balance of rent payable hereunder 
to be immediately due and payable and may exercise any and all rights and remedies 
available to Landlord at law or in equity or may immediately terminate this Agreement.  
21.  LATE CHARGE.  In the event that any payment re quired to be paid by Tenant hereunder 
is not made within three (3) days of when due, Tenant shall pay to Landlord, in addition 
to such payment or other charges due he reunder, a "late fee" in the amount of 
______________________________________________________________ DOLLARS 
22.  ABANDONMENT .  If at any time during the term of this Agreement Tenant abandons the 
Premises or any part thereof, Landlord may,  at Landlord's option, obtain possession of 
the Premises in the manner provided by law,  and without becoming liable to Tenant for 
damages or for any payment of any kind  whatever.  Landlord may, at Landlord's 
discretion, as agent for Tenant, relet the Prem ises, or any part thereof, for the whole or 
any part thereof, for the whole or any part  of the then unexpired term, and may receive 
and collect all rent payable by virtue of such reletting, and, at Landlord's option, hold 
Tenant liable for any difference between t he rent that would have been payable under 
this Agreement during the balance of the unexpired term, if this Agreement had 
continued in force, and the net rent for such  period realized by Landlord by means of 
such reletting.  If Landlord's right of reentr y is exercised following abandonment of the 
Premises by Tenant, then Landlord shall consider any personal property belonging to 
Tenant and left on the Premises to also have been abandoned, in which case Landlord 
may dispose of all such personal property in any manner Landlord shall deem proper 
and Landlord is hereby relieved of all liability for doing so.  
23.  RIGHTS AND REMEDIES .  The rights and remedies under this lease are cumulative, 
and either party's using any one right or remedy will not preclude or waive that party's 
right to use any other. These rights and reme dies are in addition to any other rights the 
parties may have by law, statute, ordinance, or otherwise.  
24.  RECORDING OF AGREEMENT .  Tenant shall not record this Agreement on the Public 
Records of any public office.  In the event t hat Tenant shall record this Agreement, this 
Agreement shall, at Landlord's option,  terminate immediately and Landlord shall be 
entitled to all rights and remedies that it has at law or in equity.

25. GOVERNING LAW .  This Agreement shall be governed, construed and interpreted by, 
through and under the Laws of the State of Alabama.    
26.  SEVERABILITY .  If any provision of this Agreemen t or the application thereof shall, for 
any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this 
Agreement nor the application of the pr ovision to other persons, entities or 
circumstances shall be affected thereby, but  instead shall be enforced to the maximum 
extent permitted by law.  
27.  BINDING EFFECT .  The covenants, obligations and conditions herein contained shall be 
binding on and inure to the benefit of the heirs , legal representatives, and assigns of the  
parties hereto.  
28.  DESCRIPTIVE HEADINGS .  The descriptive headings used herein are for convenience 
of reference only and they are not intended to have any effect whatsoever in determining 
the rights or obligations of the Landlord or Tenant.  
29.  CONSTRUCTION .  The pronouns used herein shall in clude, where appropriate, either 
gender or both, singular and plural.  
30.  NON-WAIVER .  No indulgence, waiver, election or non-election by Landlord under this 
Agreement shall affect Tenant's duties and liabilities hereunder. 
31.  MODIFICATION .  The parties hereby agree that this document contains the entire 
agreement between the parties and this Agreement shall not be modified, changed, 
altered or amended in any way except throug h a written amendment signed by all of the 
parties hereto.   
32.  NOTICE .  Any notice required or permitted under this Lease or under state law shall be 
deemed sufficiently given or served if sent by United States certified mail, return receipt 
requested, addressed as follows: 	
If to Landlord to: 
[ Landlord'sName ] 
[ Landlord's Address ] 
If to Tenant to: 
[Tenant'sName ] 
[ Tenant's Address ] 
Landlord and Tenant shall each have the right  from time to time to change the place 
notice is to be given under this paragraph by  written notice thereof to the other party.

[Landlord should note above any disclosures about the premises that may be required 
under Federal or Alabama law, such as known lead-based paint hazards in the 
Premises. The Landlord should also disclose any flood hazards.]  	
As to Landlord this ______ day of ________________________, 20_____.    
Sign: _____________________________ Print: ___________________________ Date: 	
As to Tenant, this ______ day of ________________________, 20_____.   
TENANT ("Tenant"):  
Sign: __________________________ Print: _________________________ Date: \
Sign: __________________________ Print: _________________________ Date: \
Sign: __________________________ Print: _________________________ Date: \
Sign: __________________________ Print: _________________________ Date: \
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