AgentRentals

Is lease binding if signed by owner’s parents?

Rent it Right

Q: I have been renting a house for more than two months now and the relationship with my landlords has already gone sour. My landlords represented themselves as the owners of the house, but their son owns the house, not them. The son did not sign the lease -- my landlords (his parents) signed. I think that renting out this place was the parents' idea, not the son's. Is this lease legal? --Jess D. A: I'm guessing, by reading between the lines, that you're looking for a way to get out of your lease. I imagine that the problems that have soured your relationship with the landlords are big ones, and you want to leave. Perhaps you're thinking you can get out of this lease without responsibility for future rent. That would be a welcome turn of events. But I don't think this is a viable legal avenue for you. Even assuming that the son-owner's parents pressured the son to let them lease out the house, that's no reason to invalidate the lease. The son could have said no. Instead, it...