The maximum length of a standard residential lease in North Dakota is one (1) year. Leases for longer durations are enforceable by not common. Leases for a duration of one year or longer must be written.
Oral leases are valid for terms shorter than one year, but it is recommended that leases be in writing regardless of duration. Oral leases are harder to enforce so having a written lease can be important if there are problems later on.
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The information for this answer was found on our North Dakota Residential Lease Agreement answers.