Greenville, SC asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for South Carolina

Q: Is it legal for a property manager to make me re-sign a lease one month in because of their mistake?

In the original lease I obviously allotted for a certain amount. I go to check to pay my first month and now there is an additional payment each month for something called the renters package which essentially is renters insurance. They are saying that it is required, and there is no opting out (but if it was required, why was it not in the original lease?) it was not in the original lease and it is not included in the rent that I said I would pay for, they have ignored my emails when I pointed out that it wasn’t in the original lease. And now they are trying to get me to re-sign a new lease with the renters insurance included. Is it legal for them to have to make me sign a new lease when it was a mistake on their end?

Also, note, they will not waive this payment even if I have my own renters insurance. They are saying I still have to pay for it. I don’t know if that is legal.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: It is certainly legal for the landlord to ask but you are under no legal obligation to agree.

The lease that you and your landlord signed is a valid contract that is binding on both parties. If the lease does not require renter’s insurance, you are not required to buy renter’s insurance (although it is always advisable to do so).

If you already have renters insurance from a different insurer or don’t want renter’s insurance, just tell the landlord no, it is not required under the terms of your lease.

Then be prepared for the landlord not to renew your lease at the end of the lease term.

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