Is a verbal agreement binding with landlord and tenant? 14 Answers as of December 19, 2012

Are verbal agreements binding in court between landlord and tenant?

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Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company | Andrew Capelli
Generally speaking, real estate agreements in Michigan must be written, not verbal, in order to be binding.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/19/2012
Greenbaum, Nagel, Fisher & Paliotti LLP | Stephen A. Greenbaum
The only verbal agreements which are traditionally binding are oral tenancies at will. Other than that, an oral agreement would have to be accompanied by considerationin other words you gave or did something in reliance on an oral promise. You would also need to have genuine proof.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 12/19/2012
Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel, LLC | Daniel N. Hoffnung
Generally not. Did the parties act on the verbal agreement.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 12/19/2012
Park Law Offices LLC | Kevin Parks
Verbal agreements can be binding between landlords and tenants, just like as between anyone. The devil is in the details, though, as to the terms of the agreement, what was agreed upon, etc.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 12/19/2012
Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
Yes, a verbal agreement between the parties that has been acted upon is binding between the parties and can be enforced in court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/19/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    Depends on what it is, and whether you both agree to what was said. If not, then it's a he said she said, so it'll be hard to prove in court.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
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    Sultan Law Office | Gregory Sultan
    Yes but they can be difficult to prove if the parties don't agree on what was said.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
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    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    They can be depending on what was agreed to.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/18/2012
    Law Office of Phyl van Ammers | Phyl van Ammers
    All agreements are verbal. "Verbal" means with words. Generally, oral agreements are binding, just harder to prove. I can't tell what kind of agreement you're talking about so can't answer fully.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/18/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Generally yes, until they disagree about what they were earlier agreed to. If you want to make it enforceable, get it in writing.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 12/18/2012
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    It depends on what the agreement relates to. If it relates to your possession of the property, probably not. If it relates to the landlord giving you a break on the rent if you replace all of the windows, then maybe yes. As in all things legal, the answer depends on the facts.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 12/18/2012
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