This form is used when the tenant has paid a deposit to the landlord to hold a particular property with the intention of renting it. This is used before a lease is signed. The form creates a legal agreement and specifies the both the rights and obligations of both the tenant and the landlord. for California(US)
This will acknowledge receipt of the sum of
as a holding deposit to hold the vacant rental property
. at
. The property will be rented to Application on a
basis at a rent of
and a security deposit of
per month, if applicant signs Landlords written lease before
and pays landlord the first month’s rent and a
security deposit on or before that date, in which event the holding deposit
applied to the first month's rent.
This Agreement depends upon Landlord receiving a satisfactory report of Applicant’s references and credit history. Landlord and Applicant agree that if Applicant fails to sign the Agreement and pay the remaining rent and security deposit, Landlord may retain of this holding deposit a sum equal to the prorated daily rent of
per day plus a
charge to compensate Landlord for the inconvenience.
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California has strict and wide-ranging tenant rights. California tenant rights are derived from California tenant rightsofficial state statutes and cover everything from voilation of a lease agreement, what do landlords have to do before they enter an occupied rental house, tenant fees, settlement of tenant rights, and more.

  • This page outlines the tenant and owner rights and obligations in California.
  • This guide, written by the Department of Consumer Affairs & Legal Affairs, provides a comprehensive list of tenant and landlord rights and obligations. This is a practical resources for both tenants and landlords
  • A comprehensive list of resources provided by the HUD to help you understand the tenant rights and protections in California.

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