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Residential Lease Agreement

Last revision Last revision 05/04/2024
Formats FormatsWord and PDF
Size Size4 to 6 pages
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Last revisionLast revision: 05/04/2024

FormatsAvailable formats: Word and PDF

SizeSize: 4 to 6 pages

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A Residential Lease Agreement, also known as the House Lease Agreement, is an agreement used by the lessor to rent out his/her property to another party. The parties to this agreement are the lessor (also called the landlord) and the lessee (also called the tenant). The lessor is the party that owns the rental property and grants the lessee the exclusive possible to his/her property. The rent is the amount of money the lessee pays for the use of the property.

This agreement outlines the description of the rental property, the particulars of the parties to the agreement, the duration of the lease, the date the lease will commence and the date it will end, the rent payable on the rented property, the terms, and conditions by which the lessee holds the property, etc. A good lease agreement should have as much information as necessary to let the lessee know what to expect from the lessor and also protect the lessor from a bad tenant.

Although leases and tenancies are used interchangeably, a lease agreement is used when a property is let for more than 3 years, while a tenancy agreement is used when a property is let for a period of three years or less.

How to use this document

This Lease Agreement can be used for a person who decides to let his/her property to another person.

In this agreement, the form filler will give the basic information, such as the description of the property to be rented, the particulars of the parties to the agreement, the duration of the lease etc. The form filler can also include more detailed information to show obligations, terms and conditions which the lessee must comply with.

The form filler can specify what the lessee can or can not do. For example, whether the lessee will be required to insure the property against any damage done to the property, whether the lessee is allowed to have animals as pets in the property, etc. In summary, this agreement will provide everything to ensure that the parties can outline all their expectations from their relationship.

After filling the form, it should be printed and signed by the parties and given to their witnesses who will fill their particulars and sign the agreement. Parties should keep a copy for their records.


Applicable laws

The following laws are applicable:

  • Tenancy Laws of various States. It outlines the obligations of parties to a lease;
  • Rent Control and Recovery of Premises Act and Laws of various States. This provides the procedure a Lessor or landlord must adopt in recovering of his demised premises. The procedures are primarily to protect the interest of Lessee against the Lessor;
  • Land Instrument Registration Act and Laws of various States. This relates to the registration of instruments relating to Land in Nigeria;
  • Land Use Charge Laws;
  • Property and Conveyancing Laws;
  • Conveyancing Act.


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