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In May, 2014, my wife and I co-signed a one (1) year lease

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In May, 2014, my wife and I co-signed a one (1) year lease on a condo with our daughter in Roswell, GA. This lease ended in May, 2015. Our daughter renewed the lease for an additional year. The landlord states that we, my wife and I, are still responsible on the new lease, even though neither of us signed for the additional year. How can this be binding if we did not sign anything?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.
Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. If your daughter signed a new lease, then you would no longer be bound by the cosigning on the first lease. However, if this is just an extension of the first lease (for example if the lease has an option to renew or automatic renewal), then all of the terms and duties of the first lease would still apply. Meaning that you would still be cosigners. I can't tell you which is the case since I am not your attorney and cannot review all of the documents involved. If you have access to the original lease and anything that your daughter might have signed the second time, you might want to have them reviewed by a local real estate or landlord/tenant law attorney to confirm whether or not the original lease is still in effect and was just extended, or whether a brand new lease was executed, in which case you would not be legally bound. Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed. If none is needed, then if you could take a moment to leave a positive rating in the box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.
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