Arkansas Rental Lease Agreement Templates


The Arkansas lease agreement determines how the tenancy will transpire when a landlord is renting their property to another individual or entity. Details that should be specified within the document include; the rent payment, security deposit, start & end date of the contract, and terms of use. Before executing this agreement, the landlord will typically have the interested party submit an application for approval.

Lease Agreements by Type

Commercial Lease Agreement – For landlords who are renting their property to a business entity.

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Lease to Own Agreement – For renters who would like the option of purchasing the property during the term of the tenancy.

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Month-to-Month Lease – Enables participants to rent a property one (1) month at a time. The lessor and lessee may terminate the tenancy at any time as long as they provide thirty (30) days’ notice in advance.

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Roommate Agreement – Specific to the rental of a room within a residential dwelling.

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Standard Lease Agreement – Serves to perform the task of designating the provisions of the arrangement to written documentation.

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Sublease Agreement – Allows a current tenant of a property to rent to what is known as a “sub-tenant”.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

All state-regulated conduct between lessors and lessees, in regard to renting a property, can be found within Chapter 17 – Arkansas Residential Landlord/Tenant Act. (The Arkansas Realtors Association has also compiled a comprehensive Landlord/Tenant Handbook that can be referenced when researching the state’s necessary protocol.)

Required Landlord Disclosures

The state of Arkansas does not require the landlord (lessor) to provide any specific disclosures within the lease agreement. That being said, it is encouraged that they disclose any marijuana use policies pertaining to the property if the tenant holds an active medical marijuana card.

Lead-Based Paint (42 U.S. Code § 4852d) – Property owners or authorized individuals must disclose any possible lead paint dangers that may be present within the confines of a rental property that was built anytime earlier than 1978, according to federal law.

When is Rent Late?

According to the state’s law, lessees are obligated to provide payment for the rental property on the date recorded within the lease agreement (§ 18-17-401(b)(1)); a 5-day grace period is permitted if need be (§ 18-17-701(b)).

Late Fees

There is no statute that specifies a distinct fee that can be charged for late rent payments. Individuals participating in the origination of a lease agreement should stipulate the repercussions of an overdue payment prior to the tenancy.

NSF Checks

If the tenant provides a rent check that will not process due to insufficient funds, the landlord may impose a fee that does not exceed the amount of $30, plus compensation for any charges associated with the landlord’s bank (§ 5-37-307, § 5-37-304).

Security Deposit Maximum

Landlords who rent six (6) or more properties may only charge a maximum security deposit equivalent to two (2) months’ rent (§ 18-16-304).

Security Deposit Return

The lessor must send the lessee their full security deposit (minus any deductions for unpaid rent and/or damages) within 60 days of the end of the tenancy (§ 18-16-305).

Landlord’s Entry

Arkansas law does not stipulate a mandatory time period that the landlord has to notify the tenant prior to entering the premises. Lessees may want to discuss this issue prior to completing the lease agreement.