If I signed a residential rental lease 2 days ago with a move-in date of 7 weeks from now but I changed my mind, i there a grace period in which to get out of it?

Asked on June 6, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent a provision if your lease to the contrary, there is no recission or "cooling off" period (i.e. a time frame in which you can change your mind). While a few tranactions allow for this, typically in the case of doo-to-door sales or gym member ships or even timeshares, most contracts are binding when signed.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no grace period to change your mind on a lease, unless the lease itself states there is one. Otherwise, as soon as you sign the lease, which is a contract, you are contractually obligated to its terms, and if you don't comply, you could be sued by the landlord, such as for the rent you would owe under the lease.

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