Tenant's Conversation with Employee Didn't Orally Modify Lease

May 15, 2015
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Facts: An office building owner rented space to a media company. The tenant was permitted to vacate the space early, in the third year of the lease, provided that it gave 90 days’ written notice, returned the keys to the owner, and paid any outstanding rent and other charges. After two years, the tenant talked to the owner’s employee, asking to terminate the lease. The tenant owed back rent and other fees, but it gave the keys to the employee and moved out.

The owner found a new tenant. It sued the previous tenant for breach of contract.

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