Kearny, NJ asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: Is this lease offer letter binding and considered a renewal?

I received an offer letter from landlord that stated the new rent for a 12-month term, and the rent if converted to month-to-month. I asked if it was negotiable, and was told it was not. After considering the amount and my budget, I signed the offer letter and returned it. Upon receipt of the fully-executed letter, the landlord rep responded to say that there was an error and that the rent was supposed to be higher. There is nothing in my lease that says what to expect upon renewal, so I took the letter for face value. I told the landlord I already accepted the terms and that it was binding. The rep stated that it was not a renewal, just an offer, and that they would not honor it. Please help!

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Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Flemington, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Your landlord is stuck. Contracts are formed upon the offer and acceptance. The landlord offered to renew your lease at the initial rental. By signing the letter you accepted his offer. The fact that he may have made a mistake in sending you the offer, doesn't change the fact that he did. Your landlord needs to better proofread.

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