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Should a rental agreement be notarized?

Having a dispute with a tenant or landlord? Rental Law discussion

Should a rental agreement be notarized?

Postby curran » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:16 am

I have a house I want to rent out. Because it is my first time, I am trying to be careful on every aspect of renting to tenants. Does anybody know if it is necessary to notarize the rental agreement for it to be more legitimate or does it not matter? I am located in Arizona, in case laws are different between states. Thanks.
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Should a rental agreement be notarized?

Postby celeste » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:22 am

Notorizing DOES NOT make a rental agreement legal.

A Notary is not a legal expert or a legal authority.

The Notary stamp ONLY states that "John Doe" is the person that signed such and such document and that the ID was verified and signature witnessed by the notary.

THAT IS IT.

Understand that rental contracts are legal documents...and unless you are a licensed attorney, you cannot draw up a legal document unless you have a law license.
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Should a rental agreement be notarized?

Postby lifton » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:30 am

Notorizing DOES NOT make a rental agreement legal.

A Notary is not a legal expert or a legal authority.

The Notary stamp ONLY states that "John Doe" is the person that signed such and such document and that the ID was verified and signature witnessed by the notary.

THAT IS IT.

Understand that rental contracts are legal documents...and unless you are a licensed attorney, you cannot draw up a legal document unless you have a law license.
A notory is for when you need to protect against forgery.

I have rented apartments in three different states, and I've never had to get it notarized.
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