California Standard Rental Lease Agreement

A California rental lease agreement is essential for both Landlords and Tenants when renting out property in exchange for rent payment. Having this document in writing and signed by both parties safeguards both parties from future disputes and legal battles. Download free blank templates.

Last updated May 9th, 2024

A California rental lease agreement is essential for both Landlords and Tenants when renting out property in exchange for rent payment. Having this document in writing and signed by both parties safeguards both parties from future disputes and legal battles. Download free blank templates.

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A California rental lease agreement is used when Landlords lease rental property to Tenants in exchange for rent payments.

Rental Application – Tenant(s) should complete this form before signing lease agreement. This application will confirm the Tenants credit and employment.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement

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Simple (1-Page) Lease Agreement

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How to Fill Out a California Standard Lease Agreement

Step 1

Add the day the agreement was made and the year. Then add both the Landlord and Tenants names and mailing address.

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Common Rental Inquiries

How much rent can I afford?

Rent in California depends on location and rental unit. The prices can vary. Check local listings.

Rent-to-Own: How does it work?

Rent-to-own involves two agreements:

  1. Standard Lease Agreement Form
  2. Option to Buy Agreement Form

Rent-to-own agreements usually include a non-refundable fee.

Evict a Tenant in California With No Lease

The Landlord must give the Tenant a three (3) day notice to quit before starting the eviction process, with or without a lease.

What is a Lease?

A lease is a legal contract a Landlord/Property Owner uses when renting property to Tenants in exchange for rent payments.

Breaking a Lease in California without a Penalty

There are a few exceptions to breaking a lease in California which include:

  • Military Duty
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking and/or Elder Abuse Victims
  • The Landlord violates Tenants privacy rights
  • Landlord/Tenant harassment

Source: Cal. Civ. Code § 1954

How to Break a Lease in California

The Landlord can break the lease if a Tenant has

Raising Rent in California

How much can rents be raised in California Tenants might want to know before renting a space from a Landlord.

Deducting Remodel Expenses when Renting

Yes, you can deduct remodeling costs when renting.

Rental Property Management Fees

In California, rental property management fees usually range between $300 and $500 (updated Jan. 1st, 2024)

FAQs for California with Updated Answers

  1. What time zone is California(Qué hora es en California)? Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) depending on the time of year.
  2. What is the minimum wage in California? $16.00 per hour (2024)
  3. How many people live in California? 39.03 million (2022)
  4. How old to rent a car in California? Must be at least 21 years old.
  5. Is California still in a drought? California officially ended its drought cycle on October 10th, 2023.
  6. How many counties in California? 58.
  7. Are mushrooms legal in California? Mushrooms are legal in parts of California including San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Oakland.
  8. When did California become a state? September 9th, 1850.
  9. Is jaywalking legal in California? Yes, as of January 1st, 2023.
  10. What is the population of California? 39.03 million people (2022)
  11. When was gay marriage legalized in California? June 28th, 2013.
  12. Does it snow in California? Yes, in the northern regions.
  13. How much do teachers make in California? As of March 2024, the average public school teacher in California makes $63,916 per year.
  14. How to become a notary in California? To become a notary in California, the following are required:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legal California resident
  • complete courses which are approved by the Secretary of State
  • Pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
  • Background check must be clear

California Standard Lease Agreement Template PDF Preview Example

Sample:

California Residential Lease Agreement 1