What is my recourse if my management company didn't follow emailed instructions?
Question Details: I sent my management company an email, clearly stating that I wanted only a month-to-month lease for any new tenants, as I wanted to sell my house within the year. Instead, they rented my house to new tenants for 1 year. I am an out-of-town landlord. Do I have any recourse other than suing the management company?
Unfortunately, your only recourse would be to sue the management company for an losses or costs (e.g. carrying costs, for having to hold onto a property for longer) this costs you. The tenant signed a lease in good faith with someone who had at least the "apparent authority" (to an outsider person, would reasonably seem to have authority, as property manager); in that situation, the law will not invaidate or void the lease, so you are obligated to the lease for its duration.
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