QLD Signed Letter but No Longer Want to Rent?

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26 August 2014
Hello I signed a letter saying I would rent a place with a partner and we have parted and no longer wish to rent the place with him. The letter is not witnessed just by myself and the partner.

I would appreciate help on Property Law.

Thanking you kindly.


Well-Known Member
16 July 2014
Hi Chrissy

What is your question in relation to this? what are you hoping to do?

Do you have a lease for the premises? If so, are both of your names listed on the lease?




Hi Chrissy,

Although the letter implies an intention on your part to jointly take on a lease with you ex partner, I don't think it amounts to a contract.

It is difficult to say without knowing exactly what the letter says (whether just you or both of you express an agreement to enter into the lease), but I imagine at best it would constitute an agreement to agree, which under contract law would be considered enforceable because it is too vague, ambiguous or incomplete to be classified as an enforceable contract.

The only thing I would be concerned about is if your ex partner relied upon your statement that you would enter into the lease and as a result incurred some major cost or expense. Then he may have a claim for in estoppel. But in all reality, this is an equitable issue that is unlikely to be taken to court for moderate sums of money.