How to create rental and lease agreements.

Property managers can e-sign, track, and manage lease and rental agreements with ease by creating templates in Adobe Acrobat.

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What are lease agreements?

Lease agreements (sometimes called rental lease agreements) are legal documents agreed upon between renters and property owners/landlords. They give the tenant the right to live in a given property for a fixed term, often 6 to 12 months. This contract binds both parties agreeing to the contract to the terms set by the lease and often contains clauses and stipulations that govern the contract and how it may be terminated or renewed.

A well-thought-out residential lease is clear, with thorough expectations that outline rules for pets, rent amount, acceptable use of the property, grounds for eviction, and more. Lease agreements protect the landlord-tenant relationship and neither can alter the agreement without mutual consent.

How are rental agreements different from leases?

Rental agreements and lease agreements are similar, but the big difference is typically the length of the contract. Rental agreements often provide the tenant with a living situation for a shorter amount of time, usually 30 days. They can be referred to as month-to-month contracts and don’t necessarily have specified end dates. Upon expiration of a rental agreement, the landlord and tenant can negotiate the terms of the agreement (given appropriate notice as outlined in the contract itself).

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Details that are often included in a lease agreement.

Lease agreements and rental agreements contain certain information. Here are some of those details:


Agreement specifics, like the names of all the tenants and cosigners and fields for their signatures to ensure the lease can be signed.

Occupancy limit

A set occupant limit for the property to help protect landlords from damage and other liability. This is crucial for defining sublease and subletting terms as well.

Lease terms

The length of the lease or rental agreement and an explaination of what will happen when the agreement expires. The terms of the lease are important to protect both parties.

Rent, deposits, and fees

The agreed-upon monthly rent, security deposits, and other fees that will be levied against a tenant. Late charges for rent paid past the due date are usually mentioned here.

Maintenance and repairs

What the property owner will cover under maintenance and repairs and what maintenance and repairs a tenant may be required to pay for.

Notes on accepted activity

Illegal activity in violation of federal laws, state laws, or local laws is usually not tolerated and it’s also helpful when acceptable activity in common areas is specified.


Rules about what pets are allowed/not allowed and any corresponding rules or fees.

Terms of entry

The terms by which a landlord may enter a tenant’s living space. This is essential in the event of an emergency.

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Make signing rental agreements easier with Acrobat.

Acrobat can help rental property owners and managers streamline the signing process with e-signatures.

With support for script-like font, drawn signatures, and image signatures, Acrobat makes it simple to gather a binding signature for consent or approval. Tenants can sign forms with personalized biometric signatures or an image file of their signature.

Adobe’s e-signature technology integrates with a wide variety of other software and app partners that you might use for your lease agreement workflow, including:

Microsoft 365



Rent, deposits, and fees

Google Drive and other Google applications

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Streamline your lease form workflow.

Whether you work for a large property company or a smaller-sized business, you can deliver ready-to-go lease agreement templates, commercial lease agreements, or PDF rental contract forms in seconds, saving you time and instilling confidence in prospective tenants with Acrobat. Plus, e-signatures and rental agreement templates can reduce your overall cost of paper, postage, travel costs, and more. Here are some case studies from real businesses:

Acrobat is already helping property owners and realtors. Skipton Building Society helped clients move fast on home buying with digital mortgage applications that reduced average signing time by 97 percent. For landlords, rapidly signed digital signatures mean a more efficient onboarding process for new tenants.
Tired of all the paperwork, the offices of the State of Hawaii went digital for forms and signatures and saved $5 million in 2.5 years by reducing printing and labor costs with Acrobat. It doesn’t take very long for the savings to start adding up.

With Acrobat, you can quickly gather signatures and send, track, and sign digital forms and contracts. Learn how simple it is to make your business, and your life, easier.

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