The Most IMPORTANT Thing You NEED to Know About Lease Amendments

Lease Amendments

Lease amendments are a simple way to make changes to an existing rental agreement. 

Luckily, there are plenty of online resources for fill-in-the-blank lease addendum forms, so it’s easy to get a trustworthy document! Common sources include recognized legal websites, local court 🏛️ clerks, or a certified attorney’s office.

In fact, some attorneys 💁‍♂️ will even provide you access to the exact form they use for personal rental agreements!

While filling out your own lease amendment form may be an easy task in itself, there is one important aspect of lease changes that both landlords AND tenants MUST be aware of:

⚠️ With some exceptions, tenants and landlords may NOT make changes to an existing rental agreement before its expiration WITHOUT the written consent of the other party. ⚠️

Why is this so important 🤔?

A common misconception about lease amendment forms is that simply filling out your details will result in automatic changes. In reality, most of the time even landlords cannot make random lease changes on their own accord 🙅‍♂️!

Think about it: If it were that easy to make changes to a lease, landlords and tenants would constantly change the price of rent!

So, how do you go about making lease changes, and in what circumstances CAN a landlord change the lease without the tenant’s consent 🤔?

Most landlords will simply wait until a lease expires to make changes to a rental agreement. For example, many property owners will increase rent 💰 for the next tenant when one lease ends.

That being said, the law is a bit different for landlords with month-to-month rentals.

Usually, in these cases landlords are mandated to provide tenants with 30 days’ 📅 notice of changes, including lease termination and rent increases. However, the notice requirements vary between states.

That being said, for month-to-month and fixed-term rentals, when a tenant wants to change their rental agreement, they must propose the amendment to their landlord.

For example, a tenant who wants to purchase a dog 🐕 after signing a lease stating they do not own a pet must request a lease amendment to reflect their new living situation. Furthermore, if the original lease only allowed for small pets, but the tenant wants to purchase a retriever, they will need to request further changes to the rental agreement.

However, while the tenant has the legal right to request these changes, the landlord is in no way ❌ mandated to agree to them. In fact, in most cases, landlords who agree to make changes to a lease are technically doing their tenants a favor!

How can I get my landlord to approve my lease amendment proposal 🤔?

Unfortunately, you can’t make your landlord agree to anything!

Therefore, I always recommend my clients use the following strategies when negotiating 💬 a lease change with their landlord:

✅ Use a humble and grateful tone.

✅ Propose potential benefits 👍 of this change for the landlord.

✅ Get creative with the terms under negotiation.

✅ Present the landlord with the completed amendment template in the form of a proposal – explain how you’ve done all the work 💪 for them!

That being said, if you’re unable to obtain your landlord’s approval of your proposed lease change even after utilizing these tips, you will not be able to implement the change into your rental agreement.

While most landlords are willing to compromise – especially under extenuating circumstances – unfortunately not every issue can be negotiated 🤷‍♂️.