Washington D.C. Lease Agreement Templates (6)

A Washington D.C. lease agreement is a document that states the terms of a rental agreement between a landlord and a tenant. The landlord in the District of Columbia has the right to confirm a potential tenant’s income to help verify that they are able to cover the rent. By signing a lease agreement, the tenant and landlord become legally contractual.

Last updated March 29th, 2024

A Washington D.C. lease agreement is a document that states the terms of a rental agreement between a landlord and a tenant. The landlord in the District of Columbia has the right to confirm a potential tenant’s income to help verify that they are able to cover the rent. By signing a lease agreement, the tenant and landlord become legally contractual.

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By Type (6)

Standard Lease Agreement – A typical contract between a landlord and tenant that is usually paid monthly and due on the first of each month.
Commercial Lease Agreement – A binding agreement between a business and a landlord regarding the terms of a monthly rental property.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – Is when a tenant and landlord sign a document involving a property that is rented one month at a time and can be renewed at the end of the month.
Rent-to-Own Agreement – Is similar to a standard lease agreement; however, the renter has the option to purchase the property from the owner.
Roommate Agreement – Discusses the rules and permissions of a shared unit space by signing a contract.
Sublease Agreement – Is a contract between a renter and a sub-renter where the renter does not own the property.

Disclosures (6)

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – This is an informative packet that must be provided to the tenant of any landlord whose building was built before 1987.

District of Columbia Tenant Bill of Rights – Must be provided by the landlord to the tenant at the time of lease signing.    § 42–3502.22(b)(1)(L)

Voter Registration Packet – An informative booklet that provides information from the Board of Elections and offers the latest registration forms.

RAD Form 3 – Must be provided to the tenant by that landlord and discusses the safety and condition of the property.

RAD Form 5 – A form that states that all rental properties are safely accessible by the tenant.

Receipt – In Washington, DC, the landlord must provide a receipt for any rental payment made in cash. § 14-306

Security Deposit

Maximum Amount – The maximum dollar amount a landlord can charge a tenant for a security deposit in Washington DC, is one month’s rent. § 14-308

Returning to Tenant – The security deposit must be returned to the renter within 45 days of the lease’s end. § 14-309

Landlord Access

General Access – Before the landlord can access a rental unit in Washington, DC, forty-eight (48) hours written or verbal notice must be given. § 8–231.06(a)

Emergency Access – In Washington D.C., a landlord has the right to enter a property without notice in an emergency situation. § 42–3505.51(b)(1)

Paying Rent

Grace Period – In Washington D.C., the tenant has a 5-day grace period before the monthly rent is due and before they may receive a late fee. If the renter fails to pay within 5 days then the landlord may issue a 30-day notice to quit. § 42–3505.31(b)(2)

Maximum Late Fee – The maximum a landlord may charge a tenant for late payment is 5% of the monthly rent. § 42–3505.31(a)

Returned Checks (NSF) – $100 is the maximum a landlord may charge if the renter writes a bad check. § 28–3152(c)

Reasons for Eviction (4)

Non-Payment of Rent – If a tenant does not pay the rent on time, they may be served a 30-day notice to quit. This may be hand-delivered or mailed to the tenant.

Non-Compliance – If the renter fails to keep a clean unit, does not pay the rent on time, houses people not on the lease, or has an unauthorized pet, they may be evicted.

Illegal Activity – A 30-day notice to quit may be served to any renter performing illegal activity on the property. They may not be given an opportunity to fix their violation and have a maximum of 30 days to vacate the property.

Rental Unit Demolition – A 180-day notice to quit may be served to any tenant if the property owner needs to demolish their unit.