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Q: Landlord changed lease to have us pay electric but not other tenants, shared water heater and common area on our bill.

Our original lease with previous owner included all utilities. After being bought by new owner, landlord started requesting extra $ from us for the electric bill. A few months ago landlord forced us to sign new lease, lowering rent by $50, but putting electric in our name (bill averaging... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 3, 2018

Generally speaking, once you signed the new lease, you're bound by its terms, unless, for example, you have a claim that you were under duress at the time you signed it (which is very difficult to prove). I would suggest contacting CMP to see if they can help you sort out exactly what portion... Read more »

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Q: I am in a lease/option contract. The owner and I have found a buyer and is under a contract. Doesn't that void mine?

The buyer has a 30-day contract to buy the house..the title work was begun a month before his contract was signed. There is a 'gap in ownership' that the title company says is not an easy fix. They claim it could drag on for awhile. The owner is doing nothing to repair the title and... Read more »

Elliott R. Teel Esq
Elliott R. Teel Esq answered on Feb 22, 2018

More information is needed to really answer this question. The contract would need to be reviewed to determine if it was valid to begin with, or if there has been a breach.

Depending on the problem with the title, it may not be worth exercising your option right now.

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