How cana lease be valid without a co-signer’s signature?

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How cana lease be valid without a co-signer’s signature?

I signed a lease at an apartment complex, but was told that I needed a co-signer. I sent the lease home for my parents to co-sign it but then decided to live somewhere else so we never sent the lease back. Now the apartment complex is saying that I am still responsible for my lease. How can the lease be valid without a co-signer? I emailed the management company and they said their leases required a co-signer unless you qualify as a self guarantor).

Asked on July 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The requirement of a co-signer on a lease is to have a second party responsible on the lease besides the main occupant and primary signer. If you signed the lease and it was not subject to having a co-signer on it to have it be valid and effective under its express written terms, you have a valid lease agreement.

Read the terms of the written lease. They control the obligations between you and the landlord.

If you are a minor, under 18 years of age when you signed the lease, then you probably can deem the lease voidable and not be obligated under it. Most states hold that a contract entered into with a minor is voidable at the option of the minor.


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