Resident Rent/Lease Agreement: Introduction

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Resident rent or lease agreements serve as a cornerstone of effective recovery housing by establishing clear guidelines, expectations, and boundaries for residents. They provide a framework for mutual respect, accountability, and communal responsibility within the recovery home. By outlining rules and regulations, resident agreements create a structured environment that promotes stability and sobriety. They offer residents a sense of security and predictability, which are essential elements in the journey towards sustained recovery.

In Ohio, recovery home operators are considered landlords, and the resident rent agreement acts as a landlord tenant lease agreement.  Therefore, in addition to being an important instrument for a recovery environment, it is also a legally binding document that needs to be approached with the appropriate level of care and attention.

It is highly recommended that organizations offering recovery housing seek legal guidance from an attorney when crafting their resident lease agreements.

In this training we will provide information on what is needed in a recovery housing resident agreement, as well as some strategies on how to implement the agreement in a fashion that promotes mutual respect, allows for appropriate discussion and questions, and as well as other considerations.

Ultimately, a resident rent agreement can empower individuals to actively participate in their recovery journey while providing them with the necessary support and resources to thrive.