What are my rights if I rent a horse stable for horse training and riding lessons but the owner has now refused to allow me to conduct business?

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What are my rights if I rent a horse stable for horse training and riding lessons but the owner has now refused to allow me to conduct business?

He has padlocked the arena and only allows me on the property to feed. He gave no notice. First he said he did it because the rent was late. The check had been issued a week before with bill pay but was late being delivered. I offered to give him a cashiers’ check and stop payment on the other one and he still said no. He has harassed me about the rent on several occasions, never wants to do basic maintenance for safety and has yelled at me on more than one occasion. The day he told me I can’t train until I pay, I gave him 45 days notice I would be terminating the agreement due to several problems. I’m loosing money every day.

Asked on August 18, 2013 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am sure that you realize that everything here will come down to the terms of the contract that you entered in to with the stable owner. It is hard to tell here if the agreement is verbal or in writing.  Writing is much better since your rights are spelled out in the document and the Court does not have to decide the terms themselves based upon extrinsic evidence.  Be that as i may it sounds as if you have a case for breach of contract and what you need to do is to have a court invalidate the agreement asap.  Seek help.  Good luck.


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