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The Must-Have Lease Agreement form...
for Landlords in CALIFORNIA
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The LPA Lease Agreement form is designed to fully interact with and support all of our Essential Landlord Forms for rental property management.

The State Specific LPA Rental Lease Agreement Protects Landlords
in California

The LPA Lease and LPA Rental Agreements were designed to afford landlords the maximum amount of landlord protection in the many various possible landlord - tenant situations that you are exposed to as a residential landlord or property manager.

All our forms are instantly downloadable to your computer and editable in Microsoft Word format. Be sure to use the correct state specific lease clause information provided below.

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STATE SPECIFIC Lease Clause Index

Your state may have specific statutes applicable to your lease agreement. Use the information provided below to prepare your Lease Rental Agreement to conform to state landlord tenant laws. The notice periods listed are the state's minimum requirements. Updated July 2022.


- 60 days - 30 days written notice in certain situations. (LPA Lease Clause # 28)

- 3 days (LPA Lease Clause # 25)

LATE CHARGES: Reasonable as agreed in Lease Rental Agreement. However, a late fee that is so high that it amounts to a penalty is not legally valid.
- (LPA Lease Clause # 3)

Bounced Check Fee: Under California's "bad check" statute, the landlord can charge a service charge instead of the dishonored check fee. The service charge can be up to $25 for the first check that is returned for insufficient funds, and up to $35 for each additional check.

Unfurnished: 2 months rent.
Furnished: 3 months rent.
Furnished with waterbed: 3.5 months
- (LPA Lease Clause # 21)

Note: The security deposit may be called "last month's rent," "security deposit," "pet deposit," "key fee," or "cleaning fee." The security deposit may be a combination, for example, of the last month's rent plus a specific amount for security. No matter what these payments or fees are called, the law considers them all, as well as any other deposit or charge, to be part of the security deposit.

  • Security Deposit Return: You must return the deposit or Security Settlement Statement to tenant within 21 days of the date of move-out. If the repair deductions are more than $125.00, you are also required to show receipts.

    SCREENING FEE: No more than $37.57 per applicant

    Abandonment - See California Abandonment of Personal Property in the Rental - (LPA Lease Clause # 45)

  • Rent must be unpaid for 14 consecutive days
  • Deemed abandoned not less than 15 days after the Notice of Belief of Abandonment is served personally or, if mailed, not less than 18 days after the notice is deposited in the mail.

    In CA, you must be sure to adhere to state law regarding the procedure of determining that your property is legally abandoned. Be sure to follow California Civil Code Section 1951.3

  • In the event you believe your tenant has abandoned the rental, you must use CA Notice of Belief of Abandonment

    CA State Required Sex Offender Notice:California Civil Code requires that California rental property owners must include the following notice in their rental agreements:

    Language concerning "Megan's Law" required on and after April 1, 2006:
    [Notice: Pursuant to Section 290.46 of the Penal Code, information about specified registered sex offenders is made available to the public via an Internet Web site maintained by the Department of Justice at Depending on an offender's criminal history, this information will include either the address at which the offender resides or the community of residence and ZIP Code in which he or she resides.

    Language concerning "Lead Paint" required on and after April 1, 2006:

    Housing built before 1978 may contain lead based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. Lead exposure is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of lead-based paint and/or lead based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lessees must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention.

    Mandatory disclosures to tenants: Under AB 646, by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, a landlord with “actual knowledge” that his or her property is in a flood-hazard area will have to disclose this information to prospective tenants. Property owners with actual knowledge include those notified by a government agency, as well as owners required to carry flood insurance for the property. Under AB 646, the owner will have to make this disclosure in the rental agreement beginning July 1, 2018.

    If not using a California Lease containing the above items, Copy & Paste the above clauses (between the brackets) into your Lease, Rental Agreement or onto our standard Lease Addendum form.

  • California Landlord Tenant Law Links

  • California A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities
    PDF Booklet from California Dept. of Consumer Affairs

  • California Landlord - Tenant Law

  • California Security Deposit Law

  • California Pre-Moveout Inspection Law

  • California Abandonment of Personal Property in the Rental

  • Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission of Sacramento - Landlord Tenant Information

  • California Fair Housing Handbook
    (PDF Booklet from The Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission)

  • California Dept of Real Estate - Landlord Tenant Matters

  • California: Leasing with Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Korean Speaking Tenants From the California Department of Consumer Affairs

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