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An NYC Lease Agreement in a Few Clicks

Living in New York City has lots of advantages, but finding a suitable place to stay can be a real challenge. Not only is it costly, but also the terms and conditions in an NYC lease agreement can be unreasonable.

DoNotPay can help you understand and create various legal documents, including a residential lease agreement, by providing helpful contract templates and tips on how to write a contract to best meet your specific needs.

What Is a Lease Agreement?

A lease agreement is an agreement between a:

  • Landlord—A person or organization owning or managing the rental property 
  • Tenant—A person who lives in the rental property and pays the rent

This agreement provides relevant information about a property you would like to rent.

Once signed, it is legally binding, and you can change it if both you and your landlord agree to the proposed changes. In that case, you will need to introduce all the agreed changes into a lease amendment or a new lease agreement.

If the property you lease is not rent-stabilized or rent-controlled, you can have a verbal agreement for up to a year. Written and signed lease agreements are the best option in all cases as they offer extra security in case of disputes or arguments. 

Types of Lease Agreements

A residential lease agreement is a lease created for residential rental property. This agreement sets the:

  • Terms and conditions of a tenancy
  • Rights and obligations of both the landlord and tenant

You can use an NYC lease agreement for different residential properties, and this agreement goes under various names.

Type of Residential PropertiesOther Names for a Residential Lease Agreement
  • Houses
  • Apartments
  • Duplexes
  • Condos
  • Rooms
  • Mobile homes
  • Townhouses
  • Basements
  • Lease Agreement
  • Rental Agreement
  • Rental Lease Agreement
  • Apartment Lease
  • Lease Form
  • House Rental Agreement
  • Rental Contract
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Rental Tenancy Agreement

Another type of lease agreement is a commercial lease agreement. As the name suggests, it is used to rent commercial properties, including:

  • Offices
  • Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Warehouses
  • Retail stores
  • Industrial properties

Should you enter into negotiations to purchase the rental property, can help you prepare a bill of sale for this process. 

What To Include in a New York Residential Lease Agreement

Your lease should use clear and common phrasing to avoid any misunderstandings. Try to make it as clear and easy as possible and include the following sections:

  • Rent amount
  • Date and time when the rent is due
  • Length of the lease agreement, including the start and end dates
  • Way to settle the rent, e.g., in cash, by credit card, check, or money order
  • Terms and conditions in case your rent is late, including a late fee and eviction 
  • Means of delivering the rent, e.g., in person at the landlord’s business or private address

Before setting any of the above-listed items, you need to check the applicable laws in New York covering rental matters, including the following:

Rental IssueNew York City Laws

Demand for Rent

The demand for rent needs to be in writing and include the following:

  • The date the tenant received the notice 
  • Tenant’s name and address 
  • Reason for the notice, e.g., the tenant did not settle the rent for a certain period
  • The total amount of due rent 
  • A person the tenant needs to pay the rent to and the preferred method 
  • A statement saying the tenant has 14 days to pay the rent or move out of the rented place unit before the landlord begins eviction proceedings
  • Certificate of service listing how the tenant received the notice

Notice To Raise the Rent

The landlord needs to give the tenant a one month notice when planning to raise the rent by 5% and more 

Month-To-Month Tenancy

In case you do not have a lease agreement or it has expired, you pay rent every month. This arrangement is called a month-to-month tenancy. The month-to-month NYC lease agreement involves specific conditions:

  1. It requires a 30-day written notice of termination
  2. The notice of termination needs to state that:
    • The landlord wants to terminate your tenancy 
    • An eviction proceeding will be started unless you move out by the date set in the notice
  3. The landlord does not need to provide a reason for terminating your lease

If these lease types are not what you are looking for, you can check out short-term rental agreements.

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Here is how you can get a contract tailored to your requirements:

  1. Go to DoNotPay in any  
  2. Enter the name of the document, e.g., a lease agreement
  3. Provide the necessary details to the chatbot, including names, addresses, and additional relevant data

In a few clicks, DoNotPay will provide you with a customized contract. 

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