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Re: Unsigned lease-Am I responsible for rent if I leave

Posted by TenantNet on September 22, 1996 at 21:03:50:

In Reply to: Unsigned lease-Am I responsible for rent if I leave posted by Buffalo Tenant on September 22, 1996 at 17:24:11:

: I signed a lease for a year starting June 1,1995 to May 31, 1996. I wanted to move then but was not able to because of financial difficulty. I sent a letter to the management service asking for a renewal of my lease. In response I received a call from someone saying I would need to go to their offices and sign my lease. I have not signed a new lease, nor have they asked me again to sign it. Is the letter I sent (signature included) binding? I really want to move-high utilities, repairs which have not been completed, loud tenants and centipedes (which I am deathly afraid of). I have reported these some of theses things but if I tell them I'm leaving...can they hold me resonsible to pay the rent for the rest of the lease? I've read the other responses on breaking leases & the Tenant's Rights guide...but my situation seems somewhat unique because of the letter I sent & the unsigned lease. I plan to visit a Legal Service...but would be interested in some feedback. Thank You!

My opinion is that if there is no signed lease, you are not liable.
You may be now a month-to-month tenant with liability for 30 days from
the date you give notice, but I would also check with Legal Services
just to be sure.
Don't be afraid of centipedes; they're friendlier than most landlords :)

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