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Is it common to cross out part of a contract in USA?

It isn't uncommon to interlineate contract language, or to cross out contract language, with the initials of the parties to the contract. This is normally only done with smaller businesses, however, ...
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Is it common to cross out part of a contract in USA?

Yes, but note that all parties should sign their initials and date next to the change, so that if it is later disputed no-one can claim the contract was fraudulently modified after signing. For the ...
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What does payable in advance mean?

Payable in advance means that you are paying for services prior to receiving them. Compare with payable in arrears, where you pay for something after receiving the service. In your situation, payable ...
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Ousting an illegal sublet

It is generally illegal in all US states for a landlord to change the locks on a tenant. Given your description of the facts, this person (henceforth "squatter") is a tenant, lack of forms ...
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NY state: a landlord is subletting an apartment but is trying to charge the renter after the move-out date

The thing I was trying to zero in on was the work/refresh/renovation that needs to be done between tenants, and if they landlord can expect to do it while Tenant A is still paying (up to the date of ...
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Is it legal in Oakland, CA for a master tenant to profit from a subtenant?

Here is a document from the city, which says p. 16 that Oakland does not have an Ordinance or Regulation restricting the amount of rent a master tenant charges a subtenant. This assumes that ...
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Can a landlord forbid subletting if not stated in the lease?

Break the lease. Leave early and advise the agent, "I am leaving early in breach of the lease, I have found person X (references and police check attached) who is ready, willing and able to sign a ...
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Sublease when Landlord unreasonably withholds consent

You would need to know the landlord's reasons for refusal in order to determine their reasonableness or otherwise. If there is a dispute about this (i.e. They think they are reasonable and you don't) ...
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Under California residential lease agreement are tenants considered as a single person?

As a general rule, legal language is interpreted loosely with respect to singular versus plural, or male versus female (in interpreting pronouns). A clause that uses the word "tenant" can thus be ...
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Under California residential lease agreement are tenants considered as a single person?

You are all the tenant jointly (meaning an act or omission by one of you is an act or omission by all of you) and severally (meaning you are each individually responsible for the obligations under the ...
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Can a text message be legally binding?

To answer the headline question: yes, text messages are as binding as any other form of communication. They are on par with any other written communication like a letter or email and are better than a ...
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Subletting in commercial space with verbal but not written permission - NYC

It seems you have learned a lesson in making sure you keep your paperwork in order. That said I can't imagine a reasonable judge coming back and saying that because you lack the landlord's written ...
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If a tenant is moving out before the end of the lease, do they have final say over who is the new subtenant?

First, you need to understand that there are 2 agreements here: one is the contract between the landlord and A, B & C (jointly and severally) which is a legally binding contract [the lease] and ...
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Odd sublease tax clause

If your business doesn't pay its sales taxes or certain kinds of excise taxes, like tobacco taxes, alcohol taxes, and gasoline taxes, of property taxes on moveable business property, that can result ...
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Rental agreement - Ending the tenancy clause

BC law requires tenancy agreements to state the tenancy period, which your landlord set as August 4th 2019 until May 31th 2020. There are exceptional circumstances allowing early termination of an ...
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NY state: a landlord is subletting an apartment but is trying to charge the renter after the move-out date

It sounds like the headline is asking if Tenant A can be charged past the date that the lease transfers to Tenant B (move-out date), in which case the answer is no, they cannot. If the landlord has ...
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When is a subtenant entitled to have their security deposit returned?

As far as the law is concerned with respect to the sublease, you are in the same position as any other manager/renter/owner. You are bound by the statute, and you must return the security deposit (and/...
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Requiring incoming tenants to purchase furniture during a lease transfer?

Why complicate things - just sell the lease Assuming that you are allowed by the terms of the lease to transfer it, you can negotiate whatever price from the incoming tenant that you can.
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Subletting in California on a month to month lease

Your friend (the sublandlord) is a tenant of the owner, and must give the owner notice that he (the sublandlord) will be moving out. The legal requirement to give the owner notice won't be satisfied ...
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Subletting in California on a month to month lease

Then if they are just month-to-month he should give a "30 day notice to quit" or a notice not to renew at the next rent payment. If they have been living in the property for more than a year, he will ...
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Can a text message be legally binding?

I am a landlord and not a lawyer. I will be answering from that perspective. As well, I can only answer based upon U.S. law and the laws in the states where I am licensed and bonded. I am working off ...
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subtenant hasn't signed the sublease, has the key and won't sign or move out

The local country sheriff's department - not the police - handle lease and tenant issues. You can call the police, and they would look into the paperwork, but more than likely they would defer to the ...
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Can one rent office space to a partnership if landlord prohibits subleasing?

It isn't at all obvious to me why a true "sublease" which creates a legal property right in certain defined real estate in exchange for some amount of rent to the exclusion of occupancy by the primary ...
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