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    Default Are You Bound to a Lease Renewal Before Your Current Lease Ends

    A college student in Oregon is living in apartment while she attends school. She was recently contacted about a lease renewal and she agreed that she would like to renew her lease for next year.

    Since making that agreement, the student has had some issues at home that may cause her to take a year off of school. Given that her current lease term has not ended, is she bound to her renewal agreement or can she tell her landlord that she has changed her mind?

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    Default Re: Are You Bound to a Lease Renewal Before Your Current Lease Ends

    If the student didn't sign anything, it may be that a further signed writing is necessary to bind her to the extension. She needs to investigate whether the inquiry was a preliminary to offering her a new lease agreement, perhaps with different terms and a different rate of rent, or was intended to bind her to a renewal under the current rate and terms.

    If she signed a new lease then yes, even if the lease term has not yet started, she is bound to the new lease. She may still contact her landlord to explain the situation and see if the landlord will agree to release her from the lease renewal.

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