Can a text message be a legal biding contract?

UPDATED: Oct 27, 2011

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Can a text message be a legal biding contract?

My roommate agreed to pay a higher% of our rent for the last few months of our lease. I made the offer to him through a text message and he accepted the offer through another text message. He has now changed his mind and wants to pay the original amount that he had been paying. Is this text message a legal biding contract, and will it hold up in court?

Asked on October 27, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It *may* be a legally binding contract. There is no set or  prescribed form for contracts generally, or any requirement that they be in a formal writing or document; after all, or spoken, agreements are enforceable. Since a text message is a form of writing--and therefore is

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