Mississippi Rental Agreement

Last Updated: July 29, 2022

The Mississippi rental agreements are documents that establish the relationship between a landlord and a tenant. These contracts determine the amount of the rent, frequency of payments, and duration of the tenancy, among other terms. All terms are governed by the Mississippi landlord-tenant law and cannot supersede state laws.

Mississippi Rental Agreement Types

10 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The Mississippi residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is used to formalize an agreement between a landlord and tenant to rent real property in exchange for a fee.

8 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

A Mississippi month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time.

3 pages
Rental Application Form

The Mississippi rental application form is a document sent out by landlords to prospective tenants to determine whether they are suitable tenants or not.

7 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The Mississippi sublease agreement allows an existing tenant to rent (“sublease”) rental property to a new tenant (“sublessee”).

9 pages
Roommate Agreement

The Mississippi roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a contract between multiple tenants in a shared residential situation (“co-tenants”).

8 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The Mississippi commercial lease agreement is a document that allows businesses to rent commercial spaces, usually office space, industrial space, or retail stores.

Mississippi Required Lease Disclosures

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – Each Mississippi lease is required to include a lead-based paint disclosure form, EPA-approved pamphlet regarding the dangers of lead paint, and any known hazards that exist in the dwelling unit or the building it is located in if it was built before 1978 and at-risk for lead paint toxicity.

To learn more about required disclosures in Mississippi, click here.

Mississippi Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – Mississippi requires its landlords to provide and maintain proper plumbing and HVAC. If a tenant requests a repair to these, a landlord has 30 days to respond to and act upon the request. Otherwise, the tenant may opt to perform a repair and deduct action. Tenants do not have the option to withhold rent.
  • Evictions –Mississippi landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons including, but not limited to failure to pay rent, a violation of a leasing term, or committing an illegal act. Landlords must provide tenants with prior notice to pay, comply or quit, depending on the type of eviction. An eviction could occur in under a week or take more than a month.
  • Security Deposits – Mississippi state law does limit what a landlord can charge a tenant for a security deposit. However, any remaining deposit must be returned within 45 days of a lease termination.
  • Lease Termination – Mississippi tenants can terminate a month-to-month lease early if they submit a 30 days’ notice. These tenants may break a fixed-term lease early for the following reasons: active military duty, landlord harassment, domestic violence, mandatory disclosures, or unit uninhabitability.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – Mississippi does not require its landlords to issue notice or justification for an impending rent increase. Late fees have no limit; however, returned check fees are capped at $40.
  • Landlord Entry – Mississippi tenants are not required to give their landlord access to the dwelling unit unless it is specifically written in the lease agreement.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Landlord-tenant disputes in Mississippi can be heard and decided in the state’s small claims courts. These venues will accept cases valued at under $3,500 and that have occurred within the previous 4 years.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Mississippi, click here.