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Can a Landlord Go Back on a Verbal Agreement

by Jill & Cathy on June 25, 2023

When it comes to renting, it`s always best to have everything in writing. A verbal agreement between a landlord and tenant may seem like a simple and convenient agreement, but it can lead to misunderstandings and disputes.

One common question that comes up in these situations is whether a landlord can go back on a verbal agreement. The answer depends on the specifics of the agreement and the laws in your state.

Firstly, a verbal agreement is still recognized as a legally binding contract. However, it can be challenging to prove what was agreed upon without any written evidence. If there is any dispute or disagreement in the future, it becomes challenging to settle it without any written evidence.

Secondly, if the landlord wants to break the agreement, it is crucial to determine whether the verbal agreement was a modification of the lease agreement or an entirely new lease agreement. If the verbal agreement is a modification of the lease agreement, the landlord cannot go back on it without the tenant`s consent. However, if it is an entirely new lease agreement based on the verbal agreement, either party may terminate it at any time.

Thirdly, the laws in your state will also determine whether a landlord can go back on a verbal agreement. In some states, such agreements are enforceable, while in others, they are not. It is always important to review the laws in your state to determine what applies to your specific situation.

To avoid misunderstandings and disputes, it is always advisable to have a written lease agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the tenancy. This agreement should address all aspects of the tenancy, including rent, security deposits, rules and regulations, and the landlord`s responsibilities. It should also have a clear outline of what happens if either party wants to terminate the agreement.

In conclusion, a landlord can go back on a verbal agreement, but it is always best to avoid such situations. Verbal agreements are often hard to prove and enforce, and it is always advisable to have everything in writing. If a verbal agreement is made, it should be treated as a legally binding contract and should be documented to avoid misunderstandings and disputes.

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