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The rental agreement you use with your tenants is an essential business tool. What you put in that agreement is very important to your interactions with the tenants and your rights as the landlord. While you always have to obey the law regarding tenant-landlord rights, you do have some room to protect yourself in the lease as well.

Florida Realtors explains there are some key points that should be in every lease to offer the most protection to you as the landlord and provide a fair agreement with tenants. While the law covers this information, it is a good idea to reiterate it in your lease because these areas are those which often lead to tenant-landlord disputes.


You should include a statement about eviction in your rental agreement. Make sure that you give details, such as how many days grace period you allow and when formal eviction will begin.

Security deposit

Make sure you state the amount of the security deposit and give details about its return. The law says you can keep the money for damages, so you may want to give examples of damages that will result in the loss of the deposit. In addition, you should outline what the tenant must do to get the deposit back when he or she moves out.

Notice for entry

You also want to give tenants an overview of your rights to enter the property. Make them aware that they must let you enter the unit to show it to other renters or to make repairs. Inform them of the law saying they must let you have access to the property within seven days of a written notice requesting entry.