Am I responsible for an agreement that I signed?

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Am I responsible for an agreement that I signed?

I booked a block of rooms at a hotel for a wedding next month. They had me sign an agreement and made a copy of my credit card. The wedding is in a month and none of my guests want to stay at the hotel. Is that my fault? Now the hotel wants charge me $3600, saying its policy. But none of the other hotels I booked blocks of rooms asked for my credit card. Is this legal? I booked the minimum amount of rooms which is 8.

Asked on August 22, 2011 California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It doesn't matter what other business do or do not do--if you  signed an agreement obligating you to pay for thhe rooms even if they are not used, that contract or agreement is enforceable and you have to pay. Similarly, it does not matter why guests don't want to stay there, UNLESS the problem is something the hotel has done--e.g. they are not providing, for one reason or another, the amenities which you were told they provided when you signed up.

However, apart from the above, the bottom line is that contracts are enforceable. You signed an agreement; you are now obligated to its terms. Review the agreement, to see when and how much they can charge you, and also if there are any grounds under which they cannot (e.g. if you canceled with enough notice). You can only be charged as per the agreement.


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