What are our rights when we receive an addendum to a previously signed lease two weeks after the signing?

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What are our rights when we receive an addendum to a previously signed lease two weeks after the signing?

I signed a lease for a single family home 2 weeks ago. I just received an addendum from the rental management company that, upon signing, would place full repair and replacement responsibility for the washer and dryer units on the tenant. I reiterate that this addendum arrived 2 weeks after the lease signing and was never mentioned verbally or addressed in the main body of the lease. The house was listed as having a washer and dryer under the agreed upon rental price. This is highly unusual in my experience. I have been trying to contact the rental agent for several days to discuss this.We have not moved in yet.

Asked on April 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you do not sign it soon I am sure that you will hear from the rental agent a lot faster so do not sign and do not call her again.  Now, you already signed the lease.  The issues in the addendum were not art of the "basis of the bargain" and so not part of the lease agreement.  I do not think that you have to sign it or agree to it.  How you wish to handle it from this point on is your decision but I think you have a valid argument on your behalf.  Good luck.


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