I was going to be renting an apartment, the person leaving the particular apartment was breaking their lease early. I agreed to pay the relet fee. (Which I did). I recently decided to rent another place instead. The person leaving the 1st apartment says I owe her for the rent of December since I was going to move there. Only I never signed a lease. The apartment complex says I am not liable for paying her rent...are they correct? Is the email letters between her and myself binding when we discussed the upcoming rent if I never signed the lease?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Probably not. I would have to look at the e-mails to make sure, but the law requires a "signed writing" in order to enforce this kind of case against you. What constitutes "signing" may be an issue, but the e-mails would probably be considered discussions prior to finalizing any contract.
Lisa K. Meier
Law Office of Lisa K. Meier
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