Can a text message agreeing to renew a lease legally bind you to sign a new lease before you have seen it?

UPDATED: Dec 14, 2011

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Can a text message agreeing to renew a lease legally bind you to sign a new lease before you have seen it?

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Real Estate Law, California


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Most likely a text message stating that one would agree to renew a lease does not legally bind that person to a new lease before it is seen and signed does not bind the person to it under the laws of any state in this country.

The only way a text message would bind an existing tenant to a new lease is if there was an option to renew the lease under the same term as the lease that was soon to expire. From a practical perpsective, one cannot be bound to an agreement that he or she has not seen or even signed.

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