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Q: what if a landlord adds on conditions unbeknownst to the tenant after signing of lease?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In New Mexico, as in most jurisdictions, once a lease agreement has been signed by both parties, its terms become binding. A landlord cannot unilaterally change or add conditions to a lease without the tenant's consent after it's been signed. If a landlord attempts to enforce new conditions or terms not agreed upon in the original lease, it may constitute a breach of contract.

The tenant can potentially seek legal remedies if adversely affected by such changes. It's essential for tenants to retain a copy of their signed lease to reference the original terms and conditions. If such a situation arises, the tenant may consider discussing the matter with the landlord to seek resolution. If that fails, consulting with a local attorney experienced in landlord-tenant law can provide guidance on the next steps.

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