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Home Q&A Forum Can a landlord add an addendum to a lease without the consent of the tenant?

Commercial Real Estate

Addendum to Lease

Washington

Asked on Jun 12, 2024

Can a landlord add an addendum to a lease without the consent of the tenant?

I recently signed a lease for a commercial property, and now the landlord wants to add an addendum to the lease that includes additional fees and requirements that were not part of our original agreement. I believe that the addendum is unfair and would put an excessive burden on my business. However, the landlord claims that they have the right to make changes to the lease without my consent. I would like to know if the landlord can legally add an addendum to the lease without my agreement, and what options I have to protect my rights as a tenant in this situation.

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Commercial Real Estate

Washington

Answered 36 days ago

Merry A.

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Generally speaking, one party to any sort of contract cannot amend any sort of contract unilaterally…however, review your lease very carefully to see if you granted the landlord any such rights when you signed your contract—for example, that the landlord could increase the rent if his property taxes or insurance increases.

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