Free Minnesota Rental Lease Agreement


Sample Minnesota Rental Lease Agreement

RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT

THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the “Lease”) dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

BETWEEN:

_______________

(the “Landlord”)

– AND-

_______________

(the “Tenant”)

(individually the “Party” and collectively the “Parties”)

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Minnesota, ______________________ (the “Property”), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the “Rent”).
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Minnesota, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:

    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party’s attorney fees.

  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota.

  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Minnesota (the “Act”), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.

  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.

  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.

  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant’s negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant’s employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.

  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.

  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.

  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.

  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.

  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.

  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.

  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord’s address for notice is:

    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Minnesota, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord’s rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord’s rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other’s acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of .00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant’s financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord’s agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual ‘For Sale’ or ‘For Rent’ or ‘Vacancy’ signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

_________________________________
Landlord: _______________

 

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

_________________________________
Tenant: _______________

 

 

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Minnesota, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website http://www2.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home.

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Minnesota, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord’s Disclosure

The Landlord CERTIFIES THAT:

  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

  Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant’s Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord’s Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Minnesota Rental Lease Agreement

You might want to get all the details on rental lease agreements in Minnesota before you sign any lease contracts. In this article, we reveal the laws and the regulations that govern rental lease agreements in Minnesota. You need every little detail before you sign lease documents.

  • Official Tenant and Landlord Rules and Regulations

    • Landlord and tenant – Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 504B

    • Minnesota Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities (available in PDF and on the web)

    • Tenants’ Rights in Minnesota – August 2013

    • The Manufactured Home Parks Handbook – available in PDF and on the internet

Security Deposit

There is no statute for the security deposit maximum but, the landlord is required to give tenant interest on the security deposit. The interest given is 1 percent annually, and the amount is calculated from the first day of the next month following the full payment of the deposit up until the last day of the month when the landlord returns the deposit.

There are no statutes for setting up separate security deposit bank account and for pet deposits and any additional fees.

The landlord should return the security deposit within 21 days after the tenancy gets terminated, or within 5 days the tenant vacates the building because of legal condemnation.

It is a requirement to have a written itemized list or description of damages and charges.

No statutes govern the length of record-keeping for the deposit withholdings or the receipt of the deposit.

In case of noncompliance with Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 504B.178, the landlord should return the full deposit with interest, as well as penalties that equal the amount withheld. A $500 fee is charged if the landlord holds the deposit in bad faith.

In case of sale or transfer of property, and if the landlord’s interest in the property gets terminated, the landlord will have60 days to return the security deposit or even account for the deposit to the tenants.

No tenant can use the deposit to pay the last month’s rent.

Lease, Fees, and Rent

No statute states when rent is due or for the rent grace period, as well as prepaid rent or returned check fees.

Before increasing the rent, the landlord should give a written notice one rental period and one day before the change in rent is effected.

Late fees are allowed only if it was agreed upon in the lease agreement. But, the fees shall not exceed 8 percent of the overdue rent.

The landlord should give a receipt if rent is payable in cash.

Screening fees are allowed as long as they are reasonable and used to perform background checks on the applicants/

A written lease is required if a landlord has a residential unit with more than 12 units.

The landlord should provide tenants with copies of any written rental agreements, plus all amendments.

Automatic lease renewals are allowed though there are a few restrictions.

Subleasing is allowed unless the lease prohibits it

The tenant can withhold rent if the landlord fails to provide essential services like water and heat. However, the withheld money should be put in an escrow account.

The tenant can repair and deduct rent from the judgment

The landlord can recover court and attorney fees

No statute stipulated if the landlord must make reasonable attempts to mitigate damages to the lessee, including any attempts to rerent.

Notices and Entry

There is no statute for giving notices to terminate tenancies for leases with fixed end dates as the lease terminates automatically.

For termination of leases at will including monthly leases, the time of the notice be at least as long as the interval between the time that the rent is due or three months, or the lesser period,

Termination of the lease at will for nonpayment including monthly leases involves the landlord giving 14 days’ notice to quit, in writing.

No statutes for the termination of leases for lease violations or for date and time of move-out inspections.

Entry is allowed, with notice for non-emergent business, maintenance, and repairs. Though 24-hour notices suffice

Entry is allowed without notices for emergencies

No statute on allowing entry during a tenant’s extended absence

A landlord can only enter a tenant’s premises without notice but, they should prepare a written disclosure of the entry.

If the landlord fails to give proper notice, the consequences are severe including rent reduction or termination of lease or even a $100 civil penalty per occurrence.

The Minnesota rental agreement laws do not stipulate if notice should be given to tenants for the use of pesticides.

Lockouts and utility shutoffs aren’t allowed

Unless the lease expires, a tenant must, between 15th November and 15th April give a 3-days’ notice before vacating for the landlord to winterize the property.

Disclosures and Miscellaneous Property

This covers the landlord responsibilities, as well as disclosures of the tenant handbook and orders. It also guides on unlawful acts, domestic violation situations, names and addresses, retaliation, the storage of tenant’s belonging, and Non-smoking.

Legal Matters

The state of Minnesota sets small claims court limits at $15,000, but this can change at the county level.

There are no eviction cases allowed in the small claims courts.

You can get legal help on lease contracts from the Attorney General, Conciliatory court, State Bar Association, State Judicial branch, and other law offices

Business Licenses

Businesses aren’t required statewide but, local cities and counties may require that landlords have business licenses.

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