Recording a Residential Lease Agreement
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Sat June 25, 2011, 9:35am

Recording a Residential Lease Agreement

The question often arises as to whether or not a tenant has the right to record their residential lease agreement and the answer is yes they do unless the lease agreement specifically states that they are not to record it.

A tenant recording a lease can cause headaches down the road for the property owner. The recording shows the world that the tenant has an interest in the property and can create a "cloud" on the title of the property which may need to be cleaned up later.

There is not much need for tenants in short term leases to record the lease agreement and many landlords specifically state in their short term lease agreement that if the tenant records the lease the lease will become void.

For longer term residential leases, generally 2 or more years, it may be a good idea for the tenant to record the lease. Recording the lease will help to protect the tenants interest in the property. Recording the lease agreement is generally inexpensive, usually less than $50 in most counties depending on the number of pages in the agreement. To record the lease the tenant would take their original copy of the lease agreement to the local recorders office and pay the recording fee.
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Article Comments
Hogan Said: Interesting! I never really thought about recording my lease as a tenant. I guess it's always a good idea to cover your behind.
On Sat June 25, 2011, 9:37am

Deberal Cooleys Said: What good would this do? Will this slow owners down from evicting tenants?
On Fri February 17, 2012, 2:46am

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