Can a text message be considered an extension of my lease? 9 Answers as of May 23, 2013I am currently renting a room in someone's house and had signed a three month lease, with a month-to-month agreement after the initial three month term. When I had moved in I told my "landlord" that I was unsure if I would be staying in this area for another semester of college after the current one or if I would be transferring at the end of this semester. About a two weeks ago I received a text from him saying; "what are your plans for January?" To which I responded; "staying here for another semester." The reason for that reply was because I thought it was someone else texting me. I had been out at the bar, and was heading over to a friend’s house that evening who happens to have the same name as the person I'm renting the room from. When I said "here" I meant staying in this area, not in this guy's house. So, can that text message be considered an agreement to extend my current month-to-month lease until Spring?
Greenbaum, Nagel, Fisher & Paliotti LLP | Stephen A. Greenbaum
Courts have recently found that electronic communication can be as binding as a paper writing. The key is whether both sender and receiver intended the communication to be a binding contract.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts