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Cupertino Property Management: Protect Your Rights with a Lease

      The importance of having a lease agreement in place when either acting as a landlord or a tenant, cannot be overly stressed. Having a lease is recommended because it  easily and simply writes out the agreed terms so that each party understands their rights and obligations. A proper lease will address and comply with fair housing, specific rental details, and tenant and insurance laws. When working with a Cupertino Property Management Company they should have access to necessary documents, however if you are not working with a company, a lease should spell out the following.
  • Lease term: A month-to-month lease vs.  an annual lease
  • Security deposit, usually one month's rent or more
  • Rental due date and late penalties
  • Repairs and who's responsible for what
  • Routine upkeep and maintenance responsibilities (gardening)
  • List of occupants with signatures
  • Rules of behavior, including noise levels, neighborly conduct and smoking
  • Pet policies and related deposits
  • Association rules that the tenant must follow (CC&Rs, etc.)
  • Arrangements for showings, at or before the end of the lease term.
  • Eviction terms, such as not paying the rent or damaging the property