There are a lot of elements that should be in a lease, but the requirements of a written lease in Connecticut are surprisingly minimal:
- A lease must identify and be signed by all parties.
- A lease must identify the address of the property being rented.
- Finally, a lease must identify the amount and frequency of the rent payments.
Just because it only takes a few criteria to form a legal lease doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to write such short and vague agreements, however.
A well-written Connecticut lease should include details like the term of the lease, the manner in which the rent is to be paid, the security deposit (if any), how the tenant should contact the landlord, the timing of repairs and requirements for the landlord accessing the property. These are just some items that a lease should include, too.
You can see an example of a well-drafted and inclusive Connecticut lease in our free template.