What are my rights if I signed a lease signed for $1000 but now the landlord says that was a mistake and it should have been $1100?

I have a 1 year lease for $1000 a month signed by both myself and the owners. The owners are now trying to get us to sign a new lease for $1100 a month because of their mistake and they say they have grounds because the lease we signed said the terms were beginning this month to run for a year. They gave us 30 days to vacate if we do not sign. Is there anything we can do?

Asked on July 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I don't understand them having, "grounds because the lease we signed said the terms were beginning this month to run for a year."

They signed a lease fair and square.  Game over.  They can't try and renogotiate because they feel like they should have asked for more money.  You have a lease and as long as you pay $1000/month and follow any other requirements in the contract, they can't evict you.  They can try and raise the rent a year from now, but not now. Tell them to take their new lease and go for a hike.

That said, relations between you and your landlord are going to be a bit prickly for the next year if you stay.  I would find another landlord who knows what they are doing and move out.  This landlord doesn't have a clue and chances are you will have trouble getting your deposit back etc.


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