What Is The Legal Age To Sign A Lease Agreement In New York State?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
This matter falls under contract law.

In contract law, one of the requirements to determine whether the contract is a legal one is called "competence". In contract law, the term "competence" means the legal capacity to make a contract.

In New York , as in many other states, people are ruled competent to make contracts if they are over 18 years of age (the age of majority), providing they have reasonable mental faculties intact. A minor who makes a contract can rescind or void it, with one general exception, and this is where your daughter will run into problems: A minor contracting for "necessities" is bound to pay for their reasonable value. A "necessity" includes food or shelter. Your daughter is likely bound by and liable for her lease, even though she was 17 when she made this contract...
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Robyn Rothman answered
I'm a New Yorker, and your daughter is not of age to enter into a legal agreement. Could she have exaggerated about her age?

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