Resident Rent/Lease Agreement: Things Not to Include

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Things not to include in a resident rent/lease agreement

Legal Rights

An organization can not require residents waive legal rights.  It is not possible for residents to waive their landlord tenant, fair housing or any other legal rights.  Therefore, such waivers are not permitted in a resident lease agreement.

Require Specific Treatment Providers

An organization can not require residents to receive treatment or services from specific providers – recovery homes must allow for free choice of provider.

According to the National Alliance of Recovery Residences, allowing residents to maintain this choice is central tenant to the social model of recovery and ethical practices of recovery housing operators.

(LEARN MORE from NARR and their Standards https://narronline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NARR_Standard_V.3.0_release_11-2018.pdf)

(LEARN MORE from NARR about Support Residents with Medication-Assisted Recovery https://narronline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NARR-C4-NCBH_MAR-RH-Brief.pdf)

Specific Move-Out Time Table

An organization can not require that residents move out after a specific amount of time.  Yes, a lease must have a term, but that term is renewable.  Eliminating all possibility that a lease may be renewed eliminates the resident driven length of stay in a recovery home.

Mandatory Volunteer for the Organization

An organization can not require that residents volunteer for the organization.  Yes, an organization can require that residents who are not working to engage in service work, and an organization may make it easy for them by allowing them to engage in such service work for an associated organization.  However, if a resident wants to engage in service work in a different location, they must be allowed to do so.  Also residents must not be required to fundraise for the organization.  This means no mandatory participation in candy bar sales, car washes or other activities.  Also, a required donation is not a donation – it is a fee.  Be clear that resident fees are fees and not donations.

Mandatory Employment/Work for the Organization

An organization can not require that residents work for the organization.  An organization may require that residents seek and find employment, but forcing the resident to be employed by the organization or by any specific employer is not permitted.