Connecticut Standard Residential Lease Agreement

The Connecticut Standard Residential Lease Agreement is a legal form that contains the terms and conditions for the rental and occupancy of an apartment unit or home. It details the conditions specified by the landlord such as the rent amount, when it is due, and how utility costs are covered. It also includes any other requirements the landlord and tenants must follow. One such requirement found in § 47a-7 is that the landlord facilitates any maintenance and repairs needed to make the home livable. The only exception to this is if the tenant or someone invited into the home by the tenant deliberately trashes the property to such an extent that it can’t be occupied. In that case, the tenant must make the necessary repairs.

Tenant Screening: Connecticut Rental Application

State Laws

Laws: §§ 47a-1 to 47a-20f “Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants”

Maximum Security Deposit: (§ 47a-21) Capped at two (2) months rent for tenants under age sixty-two (62) and one (1) month rent for tenants age sixty-two (62) or older. A tenant who turns sixty-two (62) after providing a security deposit in an amount exceeding one (1) month rent is entitled to a refund of the difference.

Returning Security Deposits: The entire security deposit plus interest or any remaining balance after applicable deductions must be returned to a tenant. This must happen within fifteen (15) days after the landlord gets written notice specifying a departed tenant’s forwarding address, or within thirty (30) days after the termination of tenancy. If deductions were made from the initial amount due to the tenant’s failure to comply with applicable requirements, the landlord must provide the tenant with a detailed, written list of damages and deductions. If the landlord does not comply with these requirements he or she is liable for twice the amount of any security deposit provided.


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