How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Damien Bosco Your Own Question
Damien Bosco
Damien Bosco, Attorney
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 2626
Experience:  Helping you with your legal questions.
Type Your Real Estate Law Question Here...
Damien Bosco is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

After making a verbal agreement with me to renew the lease

Customer Question

After making a verbal agreement with me to renew the lease for one year if I paid my landlord money he felt he was owed, can he legally send me an email saying that he will only be leasing the apartment on a month to month basis? He's also going to be starting a construction project that only makes our room uninhabitable, leaving the other two rooms livable. My landlord is a person famous in this town for his abuses to tenants.
We have one other roommate who will continue to live here, but our landlord wants us gone. Now, I live in Alaska where verbal agreements are just as binding as written ones. What do you think?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Damien Bosco replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Since you have the verbal agreement, it is binding. Of course the landlord can argue that there was no verbal agreement. So, hopefully you have a witness to it or some documentation like an email. The landlord cannot evict you without a court proceeding, so the verbal agreement will be a fact you will put forth in your argument that you should not be evicted. Also, a landlord has a duty to make the space habitability, which is called a warranty of habitability. If it is inhabitable, like you are indicating, then you could have a claim against the landlord.

Expert:  Damien Bosco replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Do you have any follow up questions? If so, please let me know. Thank you.