Can a Landlord Change the Terms of a New Lease After the Document Has Been Signed?

In this case, the person posing the question states that his landlord left with a newly signed lease to make copies, but returned later with a lease that contained different terms. He claims the landlord added new terms and rules to the document, but the landlord replied that the terms and rules were in place and that the signer simply didn’t read the document.

Of course the terms of a contract cannot be changed legally after signatures are provided.

And of course it is the responsibility of the persons signing the contract to read and fully understand the terms of the contract in front of them.

A simple tactic can keep this type of situation from turning into a case of ‘he said/she said’ or having to prove a contract’s terms later.

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Can My Landlord Fill In Blank Spaces On Our Apartment Lease After the Fact?

A contract should never be signed by either party without the full terms of the contract written into place. By signing a document with open “fill in the blank” spaces, you leave yourself open to exactly such a situation where the details of the contract are entered after-the-fact.

(In fact, when a person is signing a contract, he or she should ‘strike out’ — i.e. put a line through — any blank spaces left on the document, to discourage changes to the terms after the fact.)

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How Much Time May a Landlord Take to Return a Signed Copy of a Lease to a Tenant?

A lease agreement is valid, binding and enforceable upon execution by the parties.  Unless the lease agreement provides a specific amount of time for one party or the other to return it after signing, there is no time limit, per se.

However, providing a tenant with a copy of the signed lease agreement as soon as possible is a good idea, so that the tenant is aware of his or her obligation and to make the tenant aware of any rules or regulations that may be associated with the property.

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If a Renter Leaves Prior to the End of a Lease Term, Can the Landlord Require Payment Until New Tenants Are Found?

Standard Legal’s Lease Agreement documents are written so that tenants are required or legally obligated to continue making rental payments throughout the term of the lease, regardless of whether or not the tenant remains in possession of the premises for the entire lease term.

Of course, collecting rent from a tenant who no longer occupies a leased premises can be difficult, but the landlord can choose to file a lawsuit to collect any amounts due under the lease agreement should non-payment occur.

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