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1 Amendment of Lease

When a lease of real property is already in place between a landlord and tenant, the parties may desire to change a term or terms of the lease agreement. If they wish to do so they will need to document in writing the change to the original lease, and they will do this with a lease amendment. A lease is a legally enforceable agreement between two parties for the temporary use of real property.

Use this document to document the consent of both landlord and tenant to make a change or changes to a lease.

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2 Grant Deed to be used to convey property ownership as community property

A Grant deed is a deed where the grantor of property makes certain guarantees to the person whom he or she is conveying the property to, the grantee. The grantor guarantees that he/she holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has the right to sell it. This guarantee extends beyond the grantors own possession of the property, and all the way back to its origins. This Grant deed also guarantees the property is free from all encumbrances, except as set forth in the document, that the Grantee will be able to quietly enjoy the property; and that the grantor will forever warrant and defend the title to the property against any lawful claims and demands.

Some States, such as California, use Grant deeds, while other states, such as Oregon, use Warranty deeds. Before deciding on which deed document to use be sure to check with the laws of the state where the property to be conveyed is located.

In states that recognize community property, married spouses, and in some states, domestic partners, who acquire property during the marriage or partnership do so as community property. This means that the property is an asset of the community, and that it is owned jointly by the spouses or partners. There are no survivorship rights with regards to community property. Upon death of one spouse or partner, half of the community property passes to the living spouse or partner, and the other half passes by will or intestate. Different states treat community property differently and therefore the laws of your particular state should be consulted.

At the time of this writing there are nine community property states in the United States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Use this document to create a Grant deed conveying property ownership to a married couple or in some states domestic partnership, as community property.

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3 Grant Deed to be used to convey property ownership to a married couple as a tenancy by the entirety

A Grant deed is a deed where the grantor of property makes certain guarantees to the person whom he or she is conveying the property to, the grantee. The grantor guarantees that he/she holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has the right to sell it. This guarantee extends beyond the grantors own possession of the property, and all the way back to its origins. This Grant deed also guarantees the property is free from all encumbrances, except as set forth in the document, that the Grantee will be able to quietly enjoy the property; and that the grantor will forever warrant and defend the title to the property against any lawful claims and demands.

Some States, such as California, use Grant deeds, while other states, such as Oregon, use Warranty deeds. Before deciding on which deed document to use be sure to check with the laws of the state where the property to be conveyed is located.

Tenancy by the entirety is used in some states by married couples to hold title to property together. The laws and requirements vary from state to state, and should be consulted before proceeding with a deed, but all states require that two people be married to take title this way. Some states, such as Illinois, require that the property be the primary personal residence. Tenancy by the entirety differs from joint tenancy and tenancy in common because it requires the consent of both parties before the tenancy may be broken. One benefit of taking title this way is that only creditors of both the husband and the wife may attach the property, a creditor of just one spouse may not reach the property.

At the time of this writing the following states recognize tenancy by the entirety: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Tennessee and Wyoming.

Use this document to create a Grant deed conveying property to a married couple by a tenancy by the entirety.

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4 Grant Deed to be used to convey property ownership to joint tenants with rights of survivorship

A Grant deed is a deed where the grantor of property makes certain guarantees to the person whom he or she is conveying the property to, the grantee. The grantor guarantees that he/she holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has the right to sell it. This guarantee extends beyond the grantors own possession of the property, and all the way back to its origins. This Grant deed also guarantees the property is free from all encumbrances, except as set forth in the document, that the Grantee will be able to quietly enjoy the property; and that the grantor will forever warrant and defend the title to the property against any lawful claims and demands.

Some States, such as California, use Grant deeds, while other states, such as Oregon, use Warranty deeds. Before deciding on which deed document to use be sure to check with the laws of the state where the property to be conveyed is located.

Joint tenants own equal shares to property and like tenants in common, they have the right to possess the whole. The major difference is that joint tenants have rights of survivorship. The death of one joint tenant causes the entire property interest to pass to the other joint tenant or tenants. However, a joint tenant may, during his lifetime, transfer his interest to a third party. The affect of this transfer is that the transferee becomes a tenant in common with the remaining joint tenants. If there were more than two joint tenants to begin with, the joint tenancy relationship between the non transferring owners is not disturbed with regard to each other, only with regard to the transferee.

Use this document to create a Grant deed conveying property to multiple parties who wish to take title as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.

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5 Grant Deed to be used to convey property ownership to tenants in common

A Grant deed is a deed where the grantor of property makes certain guarantees to the person whom he or she is conveying the property to, the grantee. The grantor guarantees that he/she holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has the right to sell it. This guarantee extends beyond the grantors own possession of the property, and all the way back to its origins. This Grant deed also guarantees the property is free from all encumbrances, except as set forth in the document, that the Grantee will be able to quietly enjoy the property; and that the grantor will forever warrant and defend the title to the property against any lawful claims and demands.

Some States, such as California, use Grant deeds, while other states, such as Oregon, use Warranty deeds. Before deciding on which deed document to use be sure to check with the laws of the state where the property to be conveyed is located.

In many states, tenancy in common is the default for two or more individuals taking title to the same property. Each tenant in common owns an individual share and has a right to possess the whole and they may own unequal portions of the property. An owner of a share may transfer through, sale, gift or will or it will pass by intestacy, their own share and it does not disturb the other owners. The new party becomes a tenant in common with the remaining owners.

Use this document to create a Grant deed conveying property to multiple parties who wish to take title as tenants in common, without survivorship rights.

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6 Landlord Letter of Demand for Unpaid Rent

Depending on the particular state law, failure to pay rent may be cause for eviction. It is important that any disputes between landlord and tenant, whether it is a landlord's failure to make repairs or a tenant's failure to pay rent, be recorded in writing in case of future litigation. If a tenant has failed to pay rent, landlord will want to make a demand for rent in writing. This serves as a reminder to the tenant that rent is due, a warning that eviction proceedings may be the next step, and also provides documentation for the landlord should the problem persist and there is need for legal action in the future.

Use this document to notify a tenant of their failure to pay rent, warn the tenant that eviction will be a consequence of continued failure, and to demand that the tenant remedy the situation.

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7 Landlord Notice of Terminating Tenancy

A month-to-month lease requires that written notice be given by the landlord to the tenant before termination. Depending on the state and the term of the lease, the time for notice will vary.

Use this document to provide a tenant with proper written notice of intention to terminate a month-to-month lease.

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8 Landlord Request For Tenant To Remedy Breach

If a tenant has breached a lease agreement between landlord and tenant the landlord may want or need to notify the tenant of said breach and demand remedial action before terminating the agreement altogether.

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