Rental Agreement (General)

This general rental agreement will give you a simple template. You can also get professional legal forms if you need to create a legally enforceable contract.

If you need to create a rental agreement, see the following legal forms. We've got professional, customizable, digital forms, and a free boilerplate template.

Professional Forms

These digital forms, provided by Nolo, are legally valid in your state, customizable to suit your needs, professionally written, and regularly updated by expert attorneys. Use these if you need to create an enforceable contract. They can create fixed-term lease contracts as well as month-to-month rental agreements.

Free Basic Form Template

The rental agreement form below is a very basic one, using boilerplate language, and is intended for educational purposes only. It has not been vetted by an expert, or updated. It may not be legally valid.


By agreement made this ___________________________ (Date) between _____________________________________________________, of ___________________________________________________ (Address),"Owner", and _____________________________________________________, of __________________________________________________ (Address), " Renter".




The Owner warrants that to the best of his/her knowledge and belief the aforesaid property is free of faults or deficiencies which would affect its safe and dependable operation under normal and prudent usage.


The Owner agrees to rent the above-described property to the Renter for a period of _______________________ (Time Period), beginning _______________________ (Date) and ending _____________________ (Date).




The Renter further agrees that the rented property [1] shall not be used beyond any rated capacity; [2] shall not be used for any illegal purpose; [3] shall not be used in any manner for which it was not designed, built, or designated by the manufacturer; [4] will not be used in a negligent manner; [5] will not be operated by any other person without the written permission of the Owner; and [6] will not be removed from the designated area of use or operation.


The Renter agrees to operate/use the above-described property only at the following location or within the following described area(s):




The Renter hereby agrees that he shall fully indemnify the Owner for any and all damage to or loss of the rented property and any accessories or related equipment during the term of this Agreement whether caused by fire, theft, flood, vandalism, or any other cause, except that which shall be determined to have been caused by a fault or deficiency of the rented property, accessories, or equipment.


The Renter hereby agrees to pay the Owner at the rate of $ ________________ per _______________ (Day/Week/Month) for the use of said property. Any fuel used shall be paid for by the Renter.


The Renter further agrees to make a deposit of $ _________________ with the Owner. Said deposit to be used, in the event of loss of or damage to the rented property during the term of this Agreement, to defray fully or partially the cost of necessary repairs or replacement. In the absence of any damage or loss, said deposit shall be credited toward payment of the rental fee and any excess shall be returned to the Renter.


The Renter hereby agrees to return the rented property and any accessories/equipment to the Owner at ____________________________________ (Location) no later than __________________ (Date).


It is mutually agreed that the Renter shall have the right to terminate this Agreement at any time by payment of one full day rental for each 24-hour period or any part thereof, during which the Renter has retained possession of the property and any accessories/ equipment during the term of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto hereby execute this Agreement.

___________________________________ ________________

Renter's Signature Date

___________________________________ _______________

Owner's Signature Date

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