Am i obligated to continue water softener rental by old owner.

I purchased a home in October of 2016. The water softener rental was not
disclosed. just got a bill from the rental company. We did not sign a contract
with the company. They can come and get it, but are we responsible for the bill?
can we be sent to collections?

Asked on May 6, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not responsible: a service agreement, rental agreement, etc. is only binding on those who actually agree to it; you cannot be held to the rental without your consent. They can pick up their device and they can sue the former owner for any unpaid amounts.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not responsible: a service agreement, rental agreement, etc. is only binding on those who actually agree to it; you cannot be held to the rental without your consent. They can pick up their device and they can sue the former owner for any unpaid amounts.


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