Changing Your Lease
To delete a phrase, simply draw a line through it. Then both you and your landlord must INITIAL and DATE the change.
To add a phrase, settle on the wording with your landlord and then write it in the margin if there is space; again, both you and the landlord must initial and date it. If there is no space, simply attach a separate sheet with the changes (indicate that it is an addition to the lease). Both you and the landlord must SIGN and DATE the attachment.
Above all, KEEP A COPY OF THE CHANGED LEASE for your records.
Any agreements that follow should be IN WRITING. If an agreement is not in writing, follow it up with a letter to the landlord stating the agreement, who made it, and when. KEEP A COPY of this letter (You must give the landlord a chance to respond.)
Reviewed August 2009