Unilateral Changes to Lease Agreements: What You Need to Know
As a tenant, one of the most important documents you`ll sign is a lease agreement. This legally binding document outlines the terms and conditions of your rental agreement, including the amount of rent, the duration of the lease, and any restrictions or rules you must follow while living on the property.
However, what happens if your landlord decides to make changes to the lease agreement without your consent? This is known as a unilateral change, and it`s a topic that many tenants are unfamiliar with.
In this article, we`ll discuss what a unilateral change is, when it`s allowed, and what you can do if you feel your landlord has made an unfair change.
What Is a Unilateral Change?
A unilateral change occurs when one party (in this case, your landlord) makes changes to a legally binding agreement (the lease) without the consent of the other party (you, the tenant).
While it may seem unfair, there are certain circumstances where landlords are allowed to make unilateral changes to a lease agreement. For example, if there is a clause in the original lease that allows for changes to be made, or if the change is required by law (such as a change in building codes or zoning regulations).
However, if there is no clause in the original lease that allows for changes, and the change is not required by law, the landlord does not have a legal right to make a unilateral change.
What Can You Do if You Feel Your Landlord Has Made an Unfair Change?
If you feel that your landlord has made an unfair or illegal unilateral change to your lease agreement, there are steps you can take to address the situation.
First, you should review your original lease agreement to see if there is a clause that allows for changes to be made. If there is not, you can contact your landlord and request that they reverse the change.
If your landlord refuses to reverse the change or if you feel that you are being treated unfairly, you may want to consider contacting a tenant advocacy organization or legal aid services.
It`s important to document any communication you have with your landlord regarding the unilateral change, including emails or letters, as well as any evidence you have (such as a copy of the original lease agreement).
While unilateral changes to lease agreements can be frustrating for tenants, it`s important to understand when they are allowed and what you can do to address an unfair or illegal change.
Make sure to review your original lease agreement and document any communication with your landlord. If you feel that you need additional support, consider reaching out to a tenant advocacy organization or legal aid services.