Do's and Don't while signing a Rental Agreement

Do’s & Don’t while Drafting a Rental Agreement!

Do's and Don'ts of Rental Agreement

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The Rent Agreement is a very important document which gives a lot of liberties to both the parties owner’s property is secured and the tenant gets to have an address proof. 

The tenant and a landlord must put the details of their verbal agreement in writing and have the document registered to give it legal validity in order to formalize the house rental process. 

Additionally, if the rent agreement is not signed and properly recorded, neither the tenant nor the landlord will be able to seek redress from any legal authority in the event of any subsequent issues between the two parties. The leasing agreement must contain strong rent agreement clauses and measures that safeguard the rights of both parties.

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Important Rent Agreement Clause Before Drafting The Rental Agreement

There are various type of rental agreement and you should be aware of their clause before drafting a rental agreement. Some of the major do’s and don’ts we have below outlinned.

  • The agreement should include specific details regarding your tenure of stay (tenancy period),
  •  The frequency and date of rent payments
  •  The time of your lease renewal,
  • And the provisions for repairs and maintenance.
  • Security deposit is the amount paid as the booking money or security deposit and as the advance should be stated in the rental agreement properly. The rent agreement should expressly state the sum and the deadline by which it shall be returned to the renter.
  • It’s also crucial to include in the rental agreement the costs associated with maintenance, electricity, water, and other services, as well as any separate utility connections, the basis on which the tenant is responsible for paying the connection fee, and whether a set monthly payment is required.
  • Check any Lock-in Period in rental agreement. The lock-in period prescribes the time period within which any of the parties cannot terminate the contract before the sending of the lock-in period of rent agreement, if the party does so then he has to pay the rent for the remaining lock-in period.
  • Check the previous House Bills, if any pending then convey this to the Landlord on immediate basis.
  • Any clause related to Rent Increment which the Landlord should clarify and the Tenant too should ask before signing the Agreement.
  • The Model Tenancy Law gives landlords the authority to ask the rent court to evict tenants who don’t pay the rent for two consecutive months and/or as mentioned under the Rental Agreement.

So these are some of the major rental agreement clauses that one should be aware of before drafting a rent agreement to safegurad themself.

Also Read, How to evict a tenant without rental agreement in India?


Be sure to keep a notice of the clause before signing the tenancy agreement as the agreement can have some missing terms and conditions which will become a problem for both the parties because the rental agreement that the two parties signed will be referenced in order to resolve any disputes that may arise between them and to avoid such mistakes get your Rental Agreement made here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are Rent Agreements usually 11 months?

Landlords usually avoid making the Rent Agreement of 12 months as after that  the Rental Control Act is applied which requires Registration of documents and comes with Hefty charges.

Should I include clause for early termination in the rent agreement?

A clause for early termination is highly recommended in case the tenant needs to vacate the premises before the lease period is up. Indicate the terms and costs of early termination.

Can I change the conditions of the rental agreement without the tenant’s permission?

No, any changes to the rental agreement require the tenant’s and the landlord’s consent. All changes should be noted in writing, and the updated agreement should be signed by both parties.

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