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Prohibited Provisions in Lease Agreements

In many states, there are prohibited provisions---provisions that may have existed in the past but are now illegal because they violate state or federal law.

A landlord should avoid the legal mistake of placing conditions in a rental agreement that require the tenant to waive the right to a refund of a security deposit or the right to sue the landlord (confessing a judgment)—many states requ8re explicit—bold all capital type set—in order to identify that important rights may be lost by signing the lease agreement. Other conditions to avoid include terms that bar tenants based on race, color, national origin, sex or gender, familial status, disability, and religion.

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