The Utah Rental Lease Agreement Templates are a group of legal agreements that allow a property owner or manager to temporarily cede control of their property over to another party. The following forms cover a variety of agreements, including residential leases, commercial leases and subleases. If you wish to to sell or lease property in Utah, you’ll need Real Estate Broker License.
Due to the different kinds of property, the wide variety of intended uses and the laws that can apply on the local and state level, each lease is completely unique. As such, every lease should be read carefully and understood before signing. Residential Leases are typically required to have simple, easy to understand language, although commercial leases can sometimes be more complicated.
Form Description Types
Utah Rental Laws
Laws are pursuant to Utah Code Title 57.
As in all states, a landlord in Utah is permitted to charge a security deposit to cover any damages to the property during the tenant’s stay. There are no state laws limiting how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit in Utah, although local county or city laws may impose one. Under Utah State Law, a landlord is required to return the security deposit within fifteen (15) days of the tenant vacating the property. If there are damages to the property that the landlord wishes to use the deposit to pay for, the landlord is required to return what is left of the deposit within thirty (30) days.
A lease will lay out how much rent is, when it is due and what forms are acceptable (typically a check, although cash is sometimes acceptable). If a tenant fails to pay rent on time, they may accrue a late fee. There are no laws in Utah limiting how much a landlord can charge for a late fee, but a late fee policy must be laid out in the Lease, or a landlord cannot charge one.
In a One Year Lease, the landlord cannot increase or otherwise alter rent until it has terminated, unless a provision in the lease itself allows for a rent increase. In a Month to Month Lease, the landlord must give the tenant fifteen (15) days written notice before increasing rent. The landlord can alter the rent at their discretion in a Month to Month Lease, although raising it in a discriminator manner is of course illegal.
As with most things, evicting in a Month to Month Lease is fairly straightforward; A landlord must serve the tenant with written notice and given them fifteen (15) days to move out. In a One Year or longer Lease, the process is much more complex.
In Utah, if the tenant has violated the lease or failed to pay rent, the landlord must serve them with written notice and give them three (3) days to fix the violation or move out. If they do not, the landlord must seek an Eviction Notice from the local court system.
Until a landlord has obtained an Eviction Notice they cannot attempt to force the tenant out by tampering with locks or utilities, installing a deadbolt, removing the tenant’s possessions or otherwise try to make the tenant leave.
In Utah it is illegal to discriminate (refuse to rent, deny that housing is available when it is, alter rent, evict, etc.) based on the following reasons:
- race, color, national origin, sex, religion, family status, source of income, physical or mental disability
- note that age, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity are note covered
Landlord’s Right to Enter
In Utah, a tenant may not unreasonably deny a landlord reasonable access to property, to perform vital repairs. Aside from that, under common law, a landlord must give the tenant reasonable notice before entering a property (typically 24 hours), and must do so at a reasonable time, although notice is not required in an emergency situation.