A Utah Standard One (1) Year Lease is a common form of long term residential lease. Unlike a Month to Month Lease, a One Year Lease runs for a full year, and neither the landlord nor the tenant can end it early without due cause. These leases are often designed to give the landlord and tenant a sense of security, giving the landlord a secure tenant and the tenant a secure place to live.
As they are intended to run for a longer period of time than a Month to Month Lease, they can be significantly more difficult to exit. If a tenant attempts to exit a One Year Lease before it has ended, they may be held financially responsible for the rent until the landlord has secured a new tenant. Similarly, if the landlord wishes to eject a tenant before the lease is up, they will need cause and have to go through the lengthy and difficult process of eviction.
It is highly recommended both landlord and tenant be exceptionally sure of all the variables before entering into a long term contract, and the landlord may want the tenant to complete the Rental Application Form before signing the lease. All state laws covering leasing property in Utah can be found in Utah State Code, Title 57.
- A Utah landlord is required to clearly disclose on the lease if there are any nonrefundable fees associated with the lease, or if any part of the security deposit is nonrefundable.
- Federal law requires a landlord to disclose the presence of any lead paint based hazards on or around the property.