Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Rental Agreement


Rental Agreement

This rental agreement is a contractual arrangement between Carl H. Deal III (property owner) and Marshal Stiler (renter). The purpose of this written instrument is to articulate a well-understood account of the duties, obligations and responsibilities of each party.

It is also understood that no household or business runs without the faithful contributions of its component parts. As a member of this household, Marshal Stiler must put forth proportional contributions to the welfare of the house, its grounds, its animals and its magnificent view. Contributions can include but are not limited to, taking out the garbage, doing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, maintaining, mowing, building, repairing, preparing, studying, learning or paying rent and reasonable bills.

This agreement will not be considered normal or standard by anyone interpreting the same. This agreement, by the mutual understanding of parties, will be judged solely by the content of its four corners.

In exchange for a rental fee of $600 per month, Marshal Stiler will occupy a room furnished with a bed, some furnishings and Internet access. As a member of the household, Marshal Stiler may have unfettered access to all common areas of the house, use of appliances, electrical power and air conditioning. This rental agreement is a monthly agreement and will continue month to month until such time that Carl H. Deal III chooses to modify or end the agreement at will. Any modification will be mutually agreed upon between Carl Deal and Marshal Stiler – unless no agreement can be made. Further – rules and regulations will apply to conduct and care of this agreement, behaviors and all properties herein. Violations of said rules can result in the suspension of this living agreement immediately and will result in the forfeiture of any forward paid rents, fees, deposits or utility payments.

The assessment of utility payment obligations will be based upon monthly usage – discussed gentlemanly each billing period.

As a renter in this house Marshal Stiler – you - are expected to do the following:

Keep your room clean
Do laundry.
Do dishes.
Contribute your own food.
Be frugal with the use of water and power.
Screen all guests – inviting only trustworthy, lawful, morally sober and tenured comrades to visit.
You will not lie.
You will not steal.
You will drive safely.
You will be considerate of the house, its valuable belongings, its security, fire safety and its advanced age.
You or we will resolve any pending “issue” early and peacefully.
You will pet and love the dogs.
And always keep your friends and family informed of where you are and who you are with – and especially inform those with whom you live.

As a renter in this house you may not do the following:

Host unscheduled parties or events.
Demonstrate disrespect for the house, its belongings, its animals or its age.
Waste resources.
Commit unlawful behavior.
Force people to worry about you.
Raise your voice in anger, frustration or rage.
Disrespect your housemate(s), their privacy or belongings.
Squander opportunities to learn and grow and to find purpose and meaningful, happy living.
Disregard family obligations and responsibilities.
Play with matches, fire, or smoke on or about any wooden structure in or near the house. Any candle will be enclosed in a fire safe receptacle.
You will remain sober to my satisfaction and to the satisfaction of your son Nick, therefore; you will not drink irresponsibly to the point of intoxication. Intoxication will be interpreted as the loss of the normal use of mental and physical faculties. This will include the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs and medications – which will be used only as recommended by a licensed physician, by written prescription or as proscribed by law.

Because you have had a history of dependency for which you have been treated, and because it is a matter of grave concern to the members of your family who both love and need you the most – you will strive at all times to behave in a manner that can facilitate the life and success of your children, their children, their progeny forthcoming - as the kind loving man they speak so highly of – a virtue robbed from them by your drug and alcohol dependency.

In simple words – this is a monkey I am not willing to carry on my back. I cannot and will not accept the liability that inappropriate behavior presents to my life long achievements, and further, to witness your self-destruction. You have reason to live and to make the most of your moments. I expect you to be the best!


The purpose of this agreement and arrangement is to make the very best out of a bad situation, and to provide for Marshal Stiler a safe and intellectually challenging environment in which to live and thrive and create, to be close to his family, to facilitate a tranquil and meaningful relationship between Marshal Stiler and his son Nick, and to ensure that Marshal Stiler achieves his highest potential – maximizing his use of educational tools and the opportunities presented to him, and to better secure and broaden his prospects for an independent and successful life experience.

At the onset of this agreement - we have a friendship that is based upon the highest level of mutual respect and regard and moral principles. No expectation for your behavior or enforcement of the same pursuant to this agreement and arrangement, by either you or I, throughout the term of this agreement - however long or short that may be - will jeopardize that friendship. However, if you take for granted my generosity and love for you, my efforts put forth for your safety and welfare, or my efforts to help secure your future, I will quietly disappear.

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