Some landlords consider going with an oral agreement or an oral lease. We strongly discourage that. You always want to have a written lease with your tenants. It sets forth the framework of your agreement with the tenants and it also gives you a lot more leverage in the event that the tenant causes damage to the property or is being evicted for any reason.
In addition, you want to make sure your lease agreement contains a provision that addresses the recovery of your attorney’s fees and costs. Without this provision you will not be able to recover your legal fees. This is one of the most compelling reasons for a landlord to have a written lease.