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A residential lease amendment is a legally binding document that updates the terms of a previously signed residential lease agreement.

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Suppose you are a landlord of a residential property with an existing lease agreement in place with your tenant, but you need to make some changes to the document. You do not need to create a whole new lease agreement though - you just need a Residential Lease Amendment. By using a Residential Lease Amendment, you can make the necessary adjustments to the lease arrangement while keeping the majority of the original agreement intact. 

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A residential lease amendment is a legally binding document that updates the terms of a previously signed residential lease agreement.

 

If you need to make any changes to a residential lease agreement, you can use a residential lease amendment to avoid having to renegotiate terms or rewrite the contract. For instance, if you wanted to use this amendment to extend the term of the lease, all of the other the terms and conditions that the parties previously agreed to regarding tenancy will still apply; the amendment just substitutes the date the lease agreement was originally set to terminate.

The residential lease amendment is fairly straightforward and contains the following:

 

  • Recitals and Definitions - The recitals describe the who, where, when and why of the amendment;

    • The name of the landlord and tenants are given;

    • The date of the original lease agreement is listed; 

    • The address subject to the lease is specified; and

    • The reason for the amendment is listed.

  • Amendments

    • This portion of the document describe how the original residential lease is being changed.

    • Deletions - If you are deleting a section of the Lease Agreement, it will suffice to simply write in this Amendment “Section 5.1 is deleted in its entirety,” or something to that effect.

    • Revisions - If you are revising or adding a section, specify the number of the section that is being changed, along with all substantive changes to the existing sections.

    • Additions - Although typically the job of a lease addendum, you may use this lease amendment to add sections to the existing Lease Agreement. Specify the name and number of the new section along with the text of the new section.

  • Additional Terms

    • Binding Effect - The amendment is legally binding to all who sign.

      • With any inconsistencies between the amendment and the original lease, the amendment’s terms prevail.

    • Brokerage - Any real estate brokers who were involved with the creation of this amendment should be mentioned.

  • Signatures

    • All parties who signed the original lease agreement will also need to sign the amendment.

    • Counterparts - If the parties can’t all sign the same copy of this amendment, they can each execute a separate version. Collectively, all the copies will constitute one effective amendment.

 

Our propriety form generator will assist you in creating your customized Residential Lease Amendment within minutes. Answering the questions is not complicated – you only need to know the basics of the transaction. 

 

Once you complete the questionnaire and place your order, it will be available for immediate download in either PDF or Word document from your secure online account including a step-by-step guide on how to use your lease agreement. 

 

Generally, a Residential Lease Amendment does not need to be notarized – you only need to sign the document to make it legally enforceable. A witness may be helpful if the other party attempts to contest the document, but a notary is not necessary.

 

Please Note: The use of a notary ensures that no one challenges any signatures later and is a secure way to firmly establish the effectiveness of your document.