Chicago, IL asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Consumer Law for Indiana

Q: Landlord changed contract of mfg home rent to own to mfg home 1 yr lease agreement. Am I now just renting or buying?

2015 I signed a contract to rent to own my mobile home. 2016 I didnt receive anything from the landlord. 2017 I received a manufactured home lease agreement. Landlord will not return calls of any kind. I don't know if I'm just renting or if I'm still buying. My new job is 45 minutes away & I would like to move out in August when this agreement ends. According to lease, the only way out is if I'm moving to a senior citizen housing with written proof, or if I'm incapable of living independently as certified by a doctor in a notorized statement.

1 Lawyer Answer
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Your landlord cannot unilaterally change your lease or impose new terms on you without your consent. If your lease is for a set term you are no longer bound by the agreement to live at the mobile home when that term is up. However you also mentioned that you have a rent to own agreement in place. There may be additional terms in your lease that are relevant to this discussion that could substantially alter your agreement.

Your best course of action is to consult with a landlord/tenant attorney in your area to review your agreement ASAP. It is impossible to fully address your situation with limited information. Any information you get here will be general and not legal advice.

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