Elk Grove Village, IL asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri

Q: 2 people split the deposit & rent in MO. One person misleads & signs the lease without the other person's knowledge..

I paid more than half of everything. But my partner lied to me and signed it without my knowledge. Is this a crime?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: If two parties agree to jointly sign a lease and one party signs it without the other's knowledge or consent, this could be seen as a breach of their verbal or written agreement. Whether it's considered a crime largely depends on the specifics of the situation and the agreements made between the parties. In some scenarios, it might be considered a form of fraud or misrepresentation.

However, from a contractual standpoint, the party who did not sign may not be bound by the terms of the lease. If you believe you have been wronged, you should gather all relevant documentation and evidence of your agreement. Taking legal action, such as a civil lawsuit, may be an option to recoup damages. It's important to consult with a local attorney to get a clear understanding of your rights and potential remedies in this situation.

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