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Create and Download the Alabama Residential Lease & Rental Agreement printable PDF for Landlords. This state-specific Lease is customizable and includes AL laws.

Document Last Modified: 9/13/2022

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Alabama Residential Lease Agreement

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Alabama Landlords need a Lease Agreement that complies with all Alabama Lease laws. Ours is GUARANTEED to comply with Alabama laws and EZ to create in MINUTES. Here’s how:

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to create your Lease Agreement.
  2. As you do, you’ll get State Assist tips that point out important state laws.
  3. All state-required terms, disclosures, and documents are automatically added to your Lease Package.
  4. You can choose from over 20 additional documents or disclosures to add to your Lease Package with just the click of a box.
  5. Once your Lease Package is created, you can review and sign it entirely online using our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
  6. After the Lease is fully executed, it’s automatically stored securely in the cloud with our ezCloudStorage.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our Alabama Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all AL Lease laws. That said, we know that Pro Landlords need to be familiar with their state’s Lease laws when managing their rental units.

Category State Law

Ending and Renewing

Fixed-Term: The Lease termination date should be specified in the Rental Contract.

Periodic: Week-to-Week Lease Agreements require 7 days’ notice. All other tenancies require 30 days.

Security Deposit

Maximum: 1 month’s rent, not including pet fees.
Returning: The Landlord must return the security deposit within 60 days of when the tenancy ends.

Returned Payment Fee

Maximum: $30

Late Fee

Maximum: No Max- Must be stated in the Lease Agreement. A late fee is recommended.

Insurance Requirements

Landlords may require Tenants to obtain rental insurance.

Notice to Enter

Landlord must give 2 (two) days’ notice to enter the rental.

Landlord Requirements

Landlords shall provide working smoke detection devices and carbon monoxide detection devices. The Landlord shall be responsible for repair and/or replacement. The Tenant must notify Landlord if devices are not working.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

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Required Disclosures

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Pursuant to federal law, if the rental unit was built before 1978, occupants must be provided with a lead-based paint disclosure.
  • Owner/Manager Identification: The Lease Agreement must specify the person responsible for maintaining the rental unit, whether that be the Landlord or another party instructed to act on the Landlord’s behalf.

You can also choose from over 20 other disclosures, addendums, and additional documents to create a personalized Lease Package. For example, you can add a Pet Addendum, Guest Policy, or Tornado Addendum with just the click of a button!


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FAQ

Does a Lease need to be notarized in Alabama?
No, Alabama Lease Agreements do not need to be notarized. Landlords and Tenants can decide to notarize the Lease if they want to, but it’s not necessary. As long as the Lease Agreement is signed by both the Landlord, or lessor, and the Tenant, or lessee, it’s legally binding and fully enforceable.

How do you write a Lease Agreement?
When writing a Lease Agreement, it’s important to cover all key terms including the name of the Landlord and Tenant, the rent amount, the Lease term, security deposit information, and late fee policies. In addition, you want to cover important policies - for example, what the rules are regarding pets, adding additional occupants, taking care of landscaping, or dealing with pest issues. Finally, it’s important to make sure that your Lease complies with all state laws so that it’s fully enforceable should you have any issues with your Tenant.

Given the importance of the Lease Agreement, it’s not a good idea to write your own Lease unless you’re experienced in the Landlord-Tenant law of your state. While there are some basic, fillable Lease Agreements available online, these generic Lease forms don’t provide Landlords with the complete protection they need.

While blank state-specific Lease templates, like the one offered by the Alabama Association of Realtors, are better than just a standard Lease Agreement, these simple fillable forms can still be lacking.

To make sure that you protect your investment, it’s important to have a customized state-specific Lease Agreement that covers all policies and rules for your rental unit.


Who needs a Lease Agreement?
Anyone who rents real estate needs a Lease Agreement. This is true whether it’s an apartment, duplex, condo, or single-family home. The Lease is what provides all the terms for the rental relationship and protects both parties in the event of a dispute.

Never hand over legal possession of your property before having a Tenant sign a Lease Agreement.

What is the standard Lease term in Alabama?
The standard Lease term in Alabama is one year (12 months). That said, Lease terms can be longer or shorter as long as the term is clearly stated in the Lease. To help meet all Landlords’ needs, we offer short-term Leases, month-to-month Leases, Vacation Rental Agreements, and long-term Leases.

How should I store my Alabama Lease Agreement?
It’s important that your executed Lease Agreements are stored securely and easily accessible. Our Lease Agreements are automatically stored securely using our ezCloudStorage. In addition, you can download your Lease as a PDF. Finally, it’s printable if you prefer a hard copy. There are lots of ways to store your Lease, but it’s vital that it’s somewhere you can access it if needed!

Alabama Rental Forms and Templates

The Lease Agreement is only the first of many forms that Landlords need. That’s why we offer documents for the entire Landlord Lifecycle.

  • Rental Application: All renters should complete a Rental Application before signing a Lease. Our Free Rental Application makes it EZ to collect important information about Applicants and to get the necessary authorizations to run a credit report, criminal history background report, and eviction history report. Learn more or view sample reports here.
  • Move-In/Move-Out Walkthrough Checklist: The move-in/move-out walkthrough checklist documents property condition at move-in and move-out.

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Other State Lease Agreements

Pro Tip: The Lease needs to comply with the Landlord-Tenant laws where the property is located. This means that if you have property in multiple states, you need a state-specific Lease Agreement for each rental unit

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