Washington DC Residential Lease Agreement

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The Washington DC Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is an extremely common form of long term residential lease. Unlike a Month to Month Lease, a long term residential lease will run for the entire amount of time specified in the lease itself (in this case one year), at which point it will terminate and both landlord and tenant will have the option to either allow it to end or renegotiate and renew.

Note that, without due cause, neither landlord nor tenant can exit this type of lease without penalty. A landlord cannot attempt to evict a tenant from a One Year Lease without good reason and going through the eviction process, which can be lengthy and difficult at the best of times. Similarly, if a tenant exits their lease before it has terminated, they may be financially responsible for the rent until the landlord finds a new tenant. Both landlord and tenant should be sure before signing this kind of lease, and the landlord will typically want the tenant to complete the Rental Application Form.

A long term residential lease, especially an extremely common example of one like this, is subject to all of the normal lease laws. In Washington DC, these can be found in Washington DC Municipal Regulations Title 14.


  • A Washington DC landlord is required to provide all tenants with a copy of Washington DC Municipal Regulations Title 14, Chapters 1 and 3.
  • Federal law requires that all landlords disclose the presence of any lead paint based hazards on or around the property.