I have a four- unit apartment building that I just purchased as an investment property. I am planning on renting out all four units. Do I need to hire a lawyer to draft an Apartment Rental Agreement and tenant-screening application? I live in California.
You don't necessarily need to hire a lawyer, but you do need to make sure that whatever forms you use comply with California landlord-tenant law. For example:
The rules are even more complicated if your rental property is in a California city with rent control. Fortunately, you're in luck: The Nolo book The California Landlord's Law Book: Rights & Responsibilities, provides the essential legal forms (including rental applications and leases and rental agreements) and information you need to rent out your apartments and manage your property.