If a lease is not signed by one of the tenants or the apartment complex, is the lease valid?

I did not sign the lease.

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Kentucky


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract and generally speaking any contract must be signed by "the party to be charged" to be valid.  The "party to be charged" is the person who needs to act under the agreement.  Technically that is both you and the landlord but if you did not sign the lease then you rare not bound by the terms.  If, however, you moved in to the apartment you could be considered a month to month tenant.  Then you would have to give 30 days notice to vacate.  Good luck.

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