If we signed an apartment lease today at 5 pm and 30 minutes later changed out minds, do we have any recourse?

UPDATED: Dec 21, 2011

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If we signed an apartment lease today at 5 pm and 30 minutes later changed out minds, do we have any recourse?

We signed a 12 month lease and then the sales agent gave us a walk-through of the apartment. We kept looking at the apartment and later called them and said there were a lot of things wrong with the unit that we did not like, so we wanted to cancel the lease or have them give us a different unit. They refused. What if we asked them before the appointment if we could do the walk-through before we signed but when we got there they had us sign?

Asked on December 21, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If are significant habitability issues--no heat; broken windows; mold; major leaks; no water--you would be able to get out of the lease due to violations of the "implied warranty of habitability." However, otherwise you probably cannot; there is no period of time for recission, or changing your mind on, an apartment lease, and things which you do not like but which do not affect habitability do not affect the validity of the lease. You did not have to sign the lease prior to getting a walk through--you could have refused to sign until you saw the apartment. Having chosen to sign it first, you are bound by that decision.

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