I was offered a new agreement with an extended term and an increase on the rent dues. We were instructed if we agreed to these new terms to please contact the property management via email confirming as indicated on the Rental Agreement Letter. I emailed them as instructed advising that I agreed to the new terms as indicated on the letter which I had attached as well. I was then told once a walkthrough was completed I would receive the forms based on the new terms. Our renewal date is in November and the extended term was for 17 months, so our lease would be extended to April of 2018. When signing the renewal forms I saw the date of April and assumed all was listed per the new terms I agreed upon. No. We are now being told the lease was extended only till April of 2017 which would be a 5 month extension. When reviewing the signed form it clearly is a typo as I would never agree to only 5 months. What are my rights as a tenant to dispute this as we were never informed that the offer was changed from 17 months to 5 months? We were not even given a proper 30 day notice.
Start by treating this as a mistake, not a dispute. Reach beyond onsite managers to a regional asset manager for help.
If I understood your facts correctly, you did get additional term for a rent that you had approved. So keep in mind that is better than a monthly deal. However, honest senior management should see the conflict between the letter and the agreement, and help you out. They make their money renewing leases.
One lesson for future dealings is that one should always carefully check lease forms against letters of intent before signing.
Focus on mutual interests, not rights. Show up cheerfully with a desire to collaborate. I don't think this matter is something to fight over, and definitely not to litigate, as you were responsible for checking the lease terms, no matter the conflict. This is not a situation where the lease contains an ambiguity that would be interpreted against the document's maker.
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