I'm currently four months into a year long lease and the company that manages my building is asking me to sign a document agreeing to rules that weren't part of the original contract and allows them the ability to terminate the lease prematurely if these rules aren't followed. It does not offer me anything in return.
The restrictions relate to pets doing their business in the outdoor area of the apartment. Obviously, I would be perfectly happy to agree to these requests but the fact that it was presented in such a threatening manner is off-putting and it doesn't seem to make sense that a company should be able to spontaneously alter an agreement that has such serious implications, especially when specific terms were already agreed to. What if they told me I could only eat certain foods in the apartment or that I had to allow a stranger move in with me?
- Can they legally terminate my lease outside the terms of the current contract if I refuse to sign?
- If I do sign, would the document be legally binding?
I most likely will agree to sign since I like my home and plan to renew the lease at the end of the term. My curiosity is mostly intellectual and I'm not seeking advice.