What to do if a contract is not upheld?

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What to do if a contract is not upheld?

We recently signed a contract with a rental agency to rent a property on a lake for our wedding. The contract states the date and we handed them a $1500 check as a down payment. They did not cash that check but accepted it just the same. We found out today, 4 days later, that they have signed a contract with another group for that same weekendcause they are paying more money and they have chosen to go with that group instead. Do I have any legal claim to file “breach of contract” and ask for my wedding date to be upheld as stated in the contract? If so, how do I go about getting this?

Asked on January 14, 2012 under Business Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Once a contract is accepted by both parties, it is binding. You may sue to enforce the contract and could seek:

1) A court order requiring them to honor the contract and make the lake available to you; or

2) If a court is disinclined to grant the above order--possibly because there is another, 3rd party (the other group) whose rights would also be affected--you may be entitled to certain monetary compensation. For example, say that to rent comparable space at a different lake would cost more money; you may be able to receive the difference in price.


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