Oral Residential Lease / Rental Agreement in California


Rental agreements for residential units in California can normally be written or oral.  However, I always recommend to my clients to put the agreement in writing.  There are several reasons for preferring a written agreement over an oral agreement including, but not limited to, the following:

  • As the owner of the house, do you really want to allow someone into one of your most valuable possessions with just a “handshake?”;
  • When a problem arises (and disagreements DO happen, even among “friends”), it is must easier to prove the terms of a written agreement as opposed to word-of-mouth;
  • Oral rental agreements are unenforceable if the rental term exceeds one year.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski can prepare a written residential rental agreement for you.  Contact the firm for details.

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