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Q: if a campground contract for a seasonal site has been modified due to covid19 does this make the original contract void?

We are Canadians. A contract was signed in October of 2019 with a payment of 1/4 of the site rental for the 2020 season. Covid 19 and borders closing forced us to put our trailer to sleep and pay half the site rental, an amendment make to our contract. In the meantime we have sold the trailer. They are now asking us to pay 1/2 the site rental despite no longer owning the trailer and the changes made to the contract?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: One would need to review the contract and its modifications to offer meaningful input. As a general premise of U.S. contract law, a contract cannot be modified unilaterally - both sides generally need to agree to a modification of a contract. As for the trailer, unfortunately, owning or not owning a trailer would not generally be a material issue for performance under such a contract. But this is general commentary. A review of the original contract and the modifications would be necessary to advise meaningfully about your rights. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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