Depending on the reasons why the tenant must break the lease agreement, some states offer options that would not make the tenant liable, even if this is not stated in the Standard Residential Lease Agreement. Anyone involved in renting real estate should have a real estate rental agreement that sets out the terms of the contract and legally protects all parties involved. These people include house managers who are looking for tenants and vice versa, social service providers looking for supportive housing, real estate agents and anyone who wants to rent or rent real estate. In this type of agreement, a tenant pays a non-refundable option fee in exchange for the option to buy the house at a predetermined price. If the tenant decides not to buy the property, the lessor retains the option fee. The duration of a lease agreement is identified as one of the requirements of the contract. A lease can be established for a monthly lease, six months, a year or more. Rental contracts must not have the same set time. At the end of the current lease (fixed term), the lessor can extend the lease to the tenant because, unlike a lease, a lease does not automatically renew. The current lease must be amended or a new legally binding contract can also be signed. . . .