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Re: break a lease signed 3 days ago: did they sign it?

Posted by Anna on August 17, 1999 at 11:18:59:

In Reply to: break a lease signed 3 days ago, did not move in yet posted by maya on August 17, 1999 at 10:10:17:

: I signed a one year lease on August 14, 1999, (3 days ago) for an
: appartment in Manhattan. I am supposed to move in on september 1, 1999
: (in fifteen days). I did not give any deposit yet but paid 100 dollars
: application fee. I changed my mind and I don't want to lease it anymore,
: because I realise I will not be able to afford it.
: Can I back out legally ? Can I break the lease ? Will I be sued for that ?
: What is the grace period to change your mind in these cases ?
: Do I have to tell them in writing that I want to break my lease ?
: Will I have to pay penalties ?
: The management office kept the 2 copies of the contract.

If they didn't sign it, the lease is not valid.

Your first problem is that there is no 72 hour grace period like in other consumer contracts.

The second is that you can't even read the lease to find out what your 'backout' rights are. Never leave without a photocopy in the future. Try to get a copy of a blank lease from the agent so you can read it (try not to tell them why until after you read it).

You might get lucky: they might reject your application after they do a credit check. Otherwise: search these messages: the question of your liability was asked recently.

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