Real Estate Rent to Own Contract

Rent to own deals can be win-win for both buyer and seller. Our free rent to own contract will help you breeze through the entire process quickly and painlessly.

What You Should Know Before Using Our Free Rent to Own Agreement

Before we begin, you must know that our rent to own agreement form has to be paired with a Lease Agreement. A rent to own form focuses on the terms of sale and option to purchase while a lease agreement zeroes in on the rental details between the seller and buyer.

Rent to own goes by many other colorful names: lease purchase, lease to own, lease option, lease with option to purchase. Just to clear up any confusion, they are the one and same thing in general.

Now let's take a look at some common and important terms for rent to own contracts:

Option Fee - Also known as option consideration, this is the money that the buyer pays for the right/option to buy the property within a time limit (usually 1 to 3 years). Commonly tagged between 1 to 5% of the total purchase price, the buyer will lose this fee if he chooses not to buy the property. For more details, see "option consideration" below.

Rent Credit - On top of the option fee, a rent to own buyer is commonly expected to fork out higher-than-market rent. To make things fair, a buyer who plays nice and decides to purchase the property will be given a special rebate that we call rent credit.

A portion of the rent will be credited towards paying off the purchase price each month... as long as the buyer sticks to the agreement rules.

*Make sure this sample rent to own contract complies with your local real estate laws before using it. If you have any doubts, you can ask a real estate lawyer online.

Rent to Own Contract


This rent to own agreement for the Property is made on _______________ between the Buyer _________________________ and the Seller _________________________.


Street Address:

Property Description:


The total purchase price for the Property is $ _______________.

For each month that the Buyer pays his/her rent on time according to the lease agreement, a rent credit of $ _______________ will be applied to the purchase price at closing. This is provided that the Buyer timely exercises this option to purchase, is not in default of the lease agreement and closes the conveyance of the Property.


The Seller hereby grants the Buyer the option to purchase the Property. The Seller agrees that he/she will not attempt the sale of the Property to any other party while this rent to own contract is in effect.

Upon agreement the option will begin at _____ AM/PM on _______________ and expire at _____ AM/PM on _______________.


To exercise this option, the Buyer must deliver the Seller a written notice of exercise of option before this option expires. The written notice has to specify a closing date that is earlier than the expiration date of the option to purchase and lease agreement.


As consideration for this option to purchase, the Buyer shall pay the Seller a non-refundable fee of $ _______________.

If the Buyer timely exercises this option, this fee will be applied to the purchase price at closing, provided that he/she is not in default of the lease agreement and closes the conveyance of the Property. If the Buyer fails to exercise this option, is in default of the lease agreement or does not close the conveyance of the Property, this fee will be retained by the Seller.


The Buyer is solely responsible for obtaining financing in order to exercise this option. The Seller makes no representations or warranties regarding the availability of financing for this rent to own contract.


If the Buyer chooses to exercise his/her option to purchase, the Seller shall transfer the title free of any liens, judgment or any other encumbrances within _____ days from the exercise date.

At closing, the Buyer shall pay the following costs:

At closing, the Seller shall pay the following costs:


If the Buyer defaults on the terms and conditions of this rent to own contract or the lease agreement, the Seller shall have the right to terminate this rent to own rent to own agreement by giving written notice of termination. This is in addition to any other remedies available to the Seller at law or in equity. Any option consideration fee and rent credit will not be refunded to the Buyer.




This rent to own contract is the entire agreement between the Buyer and the Seller. Any modification to this rent to own agreement must be made in writing and signed by both parties in order to be effective.

Buyer Name: _________________________

Buyer Signature: _________________________

Date: _______________

Seller Name: _________________________

Seller Signature: _________________________

Date: _______________

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