Yes, yes. Although oral leases are not recommended, state laws treat them as legally binding agreements. However, because of the difficulty of imposing the conditions and proving what has been agreed, they should only be used in situations where the parties have extreme confidence in each other (e.g. family. B) or rent a property that the owner will also share (for example. B a single room). While not necessary, notarizing a lease is an additional security means to ensure that a lease is enforceable in court. If you are considering amending the guaranteed short-term lease, you must ensure that these changes are in compliance with the law. A rental agreement cannot be a secure rental agreement if: If the house is subject to alliances, conditions and restrictions (CC-Rs), HOA agreements or other similar instruments, copies of these documents must be given to the tenant before the signing of the lease. If the house was built before 1978, the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure and Pamphlet (available at www.epa.gov) should be given to the tenant before the parties sign the lease.