If the dates on a rental agreement are wrong, will that make the agreement null and void?

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If the dates on a rental agreement are wrong, will that make the agreement null and void?

Asked on March 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Typographic or other similar, obvious errors do not invalidate a contract (which, after all, is what a lease is--a contract). Rather, the lease will be interpreted in line with what appears to be the intention of the parties. For example: a lease is executed in March 2012, but states that it is executed March 2011; since it's obviously the case that the lease's author simply typed (or copied) the wrong year, the lease would be interpreted as a 2012 lease.

The above--which is based on general legal principals--said, the facts of a situation are critical to its outcome. If you re-post your question with additional detail (e.g. what dates are listed? what dates should have been listed?), an answer better tailored to your situation could be provided.


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