Is a previouslease voided if a newlease is signed?

Asked on November 8, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, signing a new contract about a certain matter, such as tenancy--and that's what a lease is: a contract--will void the previous contract and replace it. However, that is just as a general matter. In all contractual and lease issues, the specific language and terms of the contract(s) and lease(s) is critical: for example, the new lease might only change a few terms (e.g. the rent) while specifically adopting or incorporating the terms of the older lease. For a definitive answer, bring old and new leases to an attorney to review.


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