Lease Contracts & Hold-Harmless Agreements

by Jennifer VanBaren; Updated September 26, 2017

A hold harmless clause is found in many lease contracts. It generally is paired with the word “indemnify” and is used to avoid liabilities, claims or damages.

Purpose

A hold harmless agreement or clause is legally binding and designed to release one party from legal liability. When this clause is found in a lease agreement, the purpose is generally to hold the landlord harmless in the event of any claims or damages.

Details

When a hold harmless agreement is contained within a lease, the tenant agrees, by signing the lease, that in the event of any legal or financial claims, he will hold the landlord harmless. The tenant agrees to take full responsibility for any actions or claims that may arise.

Exceptions

If a party does something that is negligent or intentional, the hold harmless agreement typically does not apply. They also do not apply if one of the parties has engaged in fraudulent activities.

About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.