Description of United Rentals Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act

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Exhibit 4(j)

DESCRIPTION OF UNITED RENTALS’ SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
COMMON STOCK
The following description is a summary of the material terms of our common stock. This summary may not contain all of the information that is important to you and is qualified in its entirety by reference to our certificate of incorporation and by-laws, which are filed as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K and are incorporated by reference herein. We encourage you to read these documents and the applicable portion of the Delaware General Corporation Law, as amended (the “DGCL”), carefully. In this summary, the terms “United Rentals,” “we”, “us” and “our” refer to United Rentals, Inc., in each case unless otherwise indicated.
General
United Rentals is authorized by its certificate of incorporation to issue up to 500,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share.
As of December 31, 2020, there were 72,187,251 shares of United Rentals' common stock, $0.01 par value, outstanding. At December 31, 2020, there were 8,950 shares of common stock reserved for issuance pursuant to options granted under our stock option plans.
The rights, preferences and privileges of the holders of our common stock are subject to, and may be adversely affected by, the rights of the holders of any series of preferred stock that we may designate and issue in the future.
Dividend Rights
Subject to the rights of the holders of our preferred stock (if any), the holders of our common stock have the right to receive dividends and distributions, whether payable in cash or otherwise, as may be declared from time to time by our Board of Directors (the “Board”), from legally available funds. However, United Rentals has not paid dividends on its common stock since inception.
Voting Rights; Declassified Board
Each holder of record of our common stock is entitled to one vote for each share held on all matters submitted to a vote at a meeting of our stockholders. Except as otherwise required by law, holders of our common stock will vote together as a single class on all matters presented to the stockholders for their vote or approval, including the election of directors. There are no cumulative voting rights with respect to the election of directors or any other matters. Our by-laws require a director to be elected by a majority of votes cast with respect to such director in uncontested elections. Pursuant to our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, all directors are elected annually for one-year terms.
Liquidation Rights
Subject to the rights of the holders of our preferred stock (if any), in the event of our liquidation, dissolution or winding-up, holders of our common stock are entitled to share equally in the assets available for distribution after payment of all creditors.
No Redemption, Conversion or Preemptive Rights; No Sinking Fund Provisions
Holders of our common stock have no redemption rights, conversion rights or preemptive rights to purchase or subscribe for our securities. There are no redemption provisions or sinking fund provisions applicable to our common stock.
Fully Paid and Non-assessable
When United Rentals issues shares of its common stock, the shares will be fully paid and non-assessable, which means that the full purchase price of the shares will have been paid and holders of the shares will not be assessed any additional monies for the shares.
No Restrictions on Transfer



Neither our certificate of incorporation nor our by-laws contains any restrictions on the transfer of our common stock. In the case of any transfer of shares, there may be restrictions imposed by applicable securities laws.
Issuance of Common Stock
In certain instances, the issuance of authorized but unissued shares of common stock may have an anti-takeover effect. The Board's authority to issue additional shares of common stock may help deter or delay a change of control by increasing the number of shares needed to gain control.
Certain Provisions in our Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws
United Rentals' certificate of incorporation and by-laws contain a number of provisions that may be deemed to have the effect of discouraging or delaying attempts to gain control of us, including provisions: (i) providing the Board with the exclusive power to determine the exact number of directors comprising the entire Board, subject to the certificate of incorporation and the right of the holders of preferred stock to elect directors (if any); (ii) authorizing the Board or a majority of the directors then in office or the sole remaining director (and not stockholders unless there are no directors then in office) to fill vacancies in the Board; (iii) requiring advance notice of stockholder proposals; (iv) providing the Board with flexibility in scheduling the annual meeting (subject to state law requirements); (v) providing that the by-laws may be amended by the Board; and (vi) authorizing the Board to issue preferred stock with rights and privileges, including voting rights, as it may deem appropriate. The foregoing provisions could impede a change of control.
Section 203 of the DGCL
United Rentals is subject to the provisions of Section 203 of the DGCL. In general, Section 203 prohibits a publicly held Delaware corporation from engaging in a "business combination" with an "interested stockholder" for a period of three years after the date of the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder, unless the business combination is approved in a prescribed manner. A "business combination" includes a merger, asset sale or a transaction resulting in a financial benefit to the interested stockholder. An "interested stockholder" is a person who, together with affiliates and associates, owns (or, in certain cases, within the preceding three years, did own) 15% or more of the corporation's outstanding voting stock. Under Section 203, a business combination between United Rentals and an interested stockholder is prohibited unless it satisfies one of the following conditions:
prior to the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder, the Board must have previously approved either the business combination or the transaction that resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder;
upon consummation of the transaction that resulted in the stockholder becoming an interested stockholder, the interested stockholder owned at least 85% of the voting stock of United Rentals outstanding at the time the transaction commenced, excluding, for purposes of determining the number of shares outstanding, shares owned by persons who are directors and officers; or
the business combination is approved by the Board and authorized at an annual or special meeting of the stockholders by the affirmative vote of at least 662/3% of the outstanding voting stock which is not owned by the interested stockholder.
Listing
United Rentals' common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol "URI."
Transfer Agent
The transfer agent for our shares of common stock is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company.

PREFERRED STOCK
The following description is a summary of the material terms of our preferred stock. This summary may not contain all of the information that is important to you and is qualified in its entirety by reference to our certificate of incorporation and by-laws,
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which are filed as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K and are incorporated by reference herein. We encourage you to read these documents carefully. In this summary, the terms “United Rentals,” “we”, “us” and “our” refer to United Rentals, Inc., in each case unless otherwise indicated.
General
United Rentals is authorized by its certificate of incorporation to issue up to 5,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, in one or more series. Currently, there are no shares of our preferred stock issued and outstanding.
Subject to the restrictions prescribed by law, our Board is authorized to fix the number of shares of any series of unissued preferred stock, to determine the designations and the rights, preferences, privileges, restrictions and limitations granted to or imposed upon any series of unissued preferred stock (including dividend rights (which may be cumulative or non-cumulative), voting rights, conversion rights, redemption rights and terms, sinking fund provisions, liquidation preferences and any other relative rights, preferences and limitations of that series) and, within any applicable limits and restrictions established, to increase or decrease the number of shares of such series subsequent to its issue. Before we issue any series of preferred stock, our Board will adopt resolutions creating and designating such series as a series of preferred stock. Stockholders will not need to approve these resolutions. The issuance of preferred stock could adversely affect the voting and other rights of holders of our common stock and may have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control of United Rentals.
No Preemptive Rights
The holders of our preferred stock will have no preemptive rights to buy any additional shares of preferred stock.
Fully Paid and Non-assessable
When we issue shares of our preferred stock, the shares will be fully paid and non-assessable, which means the full purchase price of the shares will have been paid and holders of the shares will not be assessed any additional monies for the shares.
No Restrictions on Transfer
Neither our certificate of incorporation nor our by-laws contains any restrictions on the transfer of our preferred stock. In the case of any transfer of shares, there may be restrictions imposed by applicable securities laws.
Issuance of Preferred Stock
In certain instances, the issuance of authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock may have an anti-takeover effect. The authority of the Board to issue preferred stock with rights and privileges, including voting rights, as it may deem appropriate, may enable the Board to prevent a change of control despite a shift in ownership of our common stock.

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