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A North Dakota residential lease agreement is a standard twelve (12) month term agreement between a property owner/manager (landlord) and a person looking to occupy the space (tenant). The monthly rental payment from the tenant to the landlord is usually due on the first (1st) of each month although any stipulation on this can be relayed in the agreement. This contract between the lessee and lessor provides both with a reference point should they feel their rights are being infringed upon.

It is always recommended that the landlord screen every person through a rental application before authorizing a contract. After the tenant has been approved, the agreement signed, and the requisite deposits delivered, the keys and full access to the property shall be granted.

North Dakota Landlord-Tenant LawsChapter 47-16 – Leasing of Real Property

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement

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Simple Residential Lease Agreement

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Security Deposit Laws

Maximum Amount ($) – A security deposit may not exceed one (1) month’s rent in most cases. Should the tenant be a convicted felon, two (2) months’ rent can be applied. Furthermore, should the tenant own a pet that is not a service animal or a companion animal for a disabled tenant, a pet security deposit of up to two thousand, five hundred dollars ($2500) or two (2) months’ rent (whichever is greater) can be applied (§ 47-16-07.1).

Returning – The security deposit and any accrued interest shall be delivered within (30) days of the lease termination date (§ 47-16-07.1).

Required Disclosures

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – This disclosure provides the tenant with information pertaining to lead-based paint found on the premises of a property built prior to January 1st, 1978.

Property Checklist – The landlord must supply the tenant with a statement the relays the condition of the property. Both landlord and tenant must sign this statement (§ 47-16-07.2).

Rent Grace Period

There are no statutes that provide a tenant with a grace period in which to pay rent. Therefore, the rent is due on the date specified within the agreement and the cost of late fees is to be negotiated between the landlord and tenant.

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