What to do if my lease currently states that I would pay “X” for the entire year or “Y” monthly but the amount is not accurate?

The landlord has noticed me that the amount is inaccurate and no I owe an additional amount. Do I have to pay that amount? The lease states that I pay $4303 or $515 monthly. The amount covers the security deposit and prorated rent. The amount he should have charged was $4818. Do I have to pay that additional $515 or the whole amount on the lease?

Asked on June 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country a document that is ambiguous such as the one that you are writing about is construed against the person who drafted it.

As such, assuming the landlord made the error as to the lease you are writing about, the ambiguity under the law will be construed in your favor where you get the benefit of the differential in amount resulting in a lesser total payment.


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