What to do if I signed a 12 month lease and was required to pay first month and a security deposit but now my landlord is now demanding last month’s rent in advance?

I signed the lease 2 months ago. The lease has no mention of a last month and when I asked about it before we signed he said he was not asking for it. Can he do this?

Asked on January 23, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Florida


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If the lease states only first month's rent and security and that is what was signed and agreed to and paid then the landlord can not now alter the terms of the contract "unilaterally" - on their own - and with out agreement from you.  Good luck.

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