Legal Question in Real Estate Law in Virginia

roommate agreements

My roommate and I have drafted a 'letter of agreement'' outlining are promises to one and other regarding my moving out and her finding a suitable roommate by a given date.

We plan to have it notarized and I am wondering is this document then legally binding? That's what I want.

Asked on 7/26/01, 1:12 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Glenn R. Tankersley Regency Legal Clinic

Re: roommate agreements

Provided it has all the elements of a contract, it is binding.

The elements of a contract are:

Offer (a proposal by one of the parties);

Acceptance (acceptance of the offer in toto, without modification by the other party); and

Consideration (example: I will do this if you do that).

Now, whether the agreement will actually DO what you INTEND it to do, I don't guarantee.

That's why lay persons should never write their own contracts. See my website: and look at the page "Do It Yourself?" for more specifics on that.

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Answered on 7/29/01, 2:27 am

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