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Our business moved out of our commercial space a few months before the lease was up. We were involved in a verbal communication with our former landlord regarding a rented storage trailer on the property. We offered to temporarily maintain payments while he decided whether or not he wanted to keep it because the town would not grant a permit for another one. When we asked if he wanted it he still hadn't decided so we said that we could not continue to pay rent and would have it removed. He said he would not sallow anyone on the property to remove. It has since been removed and we and still being billed as the rental company thinks we still have it.
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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

When you said that you offered to temporarily maintain payments, how long did you and the other party agree that you would do such a thing?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There wasn't a specific time
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I see what you mean. If there is no specific time, then the courts would probably fashion a reasonable time for performance. What is considered a reasonable time is very fact-specific and I wouldn't be able to tell you for sure. However, if you believe reasonably that the landlord had an opportunity to sell, transfer, move, or otherwise do something with the storage trailer, and you believe reasonably that you should not be paying on the rent anymore, then you should stop paying. I would recommend sending the landlord a certified letter advising that because the time for your performance has expired, you will no longer be making rent payments anymore and that his responsibility to pay will return back to him. What other questions did you have for me today?

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Hello, I just wanted to check to see if you were still with me? If so, were you satisfied with my service today?

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