This may be a difficult one.Our son was released from prison in Feb. 2012 to a transitional house. This is not a halfway house, but a house which is funded by a church. Our son (tenants) are required to pay a monthly rent. Which he has done. Our son graduated from this program after 3 months and was able to move across the street to another apartment that was not part of the transitional house. The Pastor who is in charge of the transitional house was also the one renting the apartment across the street from a landlord. Due to circumstances I do not want to make public, but just after two days, our son was told he could not live in the apartment "across the street". He had to move back into the transitional house, but in the upstairs apartment which is supposedly not part of the transitional house downstairs. My question is, since this 3 month lease was for the apartment across the street, with that apartments address on it, does the lease become null and void if the Pastor changes the address AFTER everyone has signed it for the apartment across the street? The Pastor went ahead and crossed out the address across the street and wrote in the address for the upstairs apartment in the transitional house. THis is not legal for her to do is it? Our son is looking to get an apartment on his own. THe Pastor is claiming our son will have to pay her for the 3rd months rent (he has been there two months of the three months lease). Is he obligated to have to pay this? By the Pastor changing the address after all parties has signed, should void this lease agreement. Right?
State/Country relating to question: Pennsylvania
Thank you for the post, I am happy to assist you by answering your questions. Yes, the lease becomes null and void when the pastor terminated the tenancy, there must be a new lease for the new address unless your son and the pastor agree to amend the prior lease (for teh apartment across the street) to reflect the address for the upstairs apartment. Your son is not obligated to pay per the terms of the lease for the apartment across the street as your son is not living in the apartment across the street and never agreed to the same terms for the upstairs apartment (as were agreed upon for the across the street apartment). Please let me know if you have any follow up questions or need additional guidance.
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So basically, because the pastor the changed the address to reflect the upstairs apartment of the transitional house, and there was no additional agreement between our son and the Pastor this lease is void, correct?
Correct. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions.
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