Rider to Lease Agreement

Rider to Lease Agreement
Renters should check lease agreements for riders.

How a Lease Rider Works

Landlords may use generic lease forms that don't include terms that will apply to the specific rental property. They may attach a rider to the agreement which outlines policies for pets, guests and rent-payment grace periods. Riders become a part of the lease and the tenant is obligated to comply with the rider's terms.

Regulation of Lease Riders

Landlords can use lease riders to notify tenants about certain rights. For example, in New York City, landlords of rent-stabilized housing must provide tenants with a lease rider that explains rent-control laws. Landlord-tenant laws prohibit lease riders that violate rental laws and regulations. For example, if landlord-tenant law gives tenants the right to a court hearing before an eviction, a landlord can't add a lease rider to waive the tenant's right to an eviction hearing.