An Idaho rental agreement or lease is a contract between a landlord and a tenant for the use of a rental property. This form defines the length of the lease term and the amount of rent owed each month. Additionally, Idaho lease agreements outline the responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant(s), and the consequences of and solutions to potential problems. Lease agreements are governed by the specific landlord-tenant laws of the state.
1. What to Include in an Idaho Residential Lease Agreement
Landlords in all states, including Idaho, are required by Federal law to include essential details in their rental/lease agreements, specifically:
- Tenant/Landlord Details: names and current addresses of both the tenant and landlord
- Premises: the address of the premises being rented
- Pets: whether pets are allowed, and any other pet-related rules
- Health Hazards: any known health hazards or risks
- Rent Specifics: the amount of rent and security deposit due, and payment dates and methods
However, states have different laws regulating the relationship between a landlord and a tenant. You should learn Idaho’s landlord-tenant laws to protect your financial and legal rights.
2. Idaho Landlord and Tenant Laws
If you’re ready to rent out your property, ensure that your lease agreement complies with Idaho’s regulations, including:
- A landlord may request any amount of money as a security deposit from a tenant. (No statute)
- If a landlord doesn’t state a time period in the lease agreement, they must return the security deposit to the tenant within 21 days of the end of the lease. If stated in the lease agreement, the maximum amount of time is 30 days. (§ 6-321)
Landlord Right of Entry:
- A landlord isn’t required to give advance notice to a tenant before entering a rental property, but it’s recommended to do so nonetheless. (No statute)