Can i change my mind of renting a room to minor after collecting her deposit? read on please...?

Since i can't have the minor to sign legal contract, i would be in trouble if she cant pay the rent. what can i do? Is it okay to return her deposit and not renting the room to her? She paid her deposit today and will move in on 12/7, Please help!! TIA

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    jah i would deff give money back h xplain y

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Legal age depends on what state you are in. Some it is 18 & some are 21 years old. You need to find out.

    Why would you place yourself in this position? Return her money & tell her you won't rent to a minor. She will only be problems for you anyway.

    Someone told you to rent to her & then be more careful in the future. You must treat everyone the same or you will be in big trouble. You have to have leases & rules/regulations. You can't make up these things as you go along.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, absolutely. If she is not an adult, she cannot enter into any legal contract, so you have no obligation here. Return her deposit and explain that to her, or, ask her if her parents or some other adult can sign the rental agreement or lease, so that you have a legally binding contract with someone who will be obligated to pay the rent. Good Luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'd give her the deposit back

    Thank her for her interest and then apologize

    Your just opening an opportunity for trouble

    She's probably great and can do it, but don't take the risk

    Me and 3 of my friends (18, 18, 18 and 17)

    Just rented a house for the summer to party and never had a contract, no deposit, and paid cash rent

    We trashed the house, got kicked out at the end of the summer, they tried taking us to court, lost, got fined by the city rental commission or whatever, and then we got our landlords partner for sexual harassment

    you don't want to rent to a kid

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  • 1 decade ago

    A minor can break a contract with you, but you cannot break a contract with a minor. However, there are some exceptions. Only a lawyer would really know all those kinds of details.

    Here's what I'd do - just tell her that you changed your mind & give her the security deposit back. Hopefully she won't sue you...but she could...but probably won't.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why in the world would you rent to a minor? that's not going to work and you know that it's not legal and how old give the deposit back fast

  • 1 decade ago

    You need to return her deposit, however, since you knowingly rented to a minor, she can now sue you for any expenses she may incur if you NOW want to cancel the transaction.

  • 1 decade ago

    First Look up the federal fair housing act laws. Second, Is this minor imancipated? If you don't know find out I'm sure that will weigh in on your ability to discriminate because of age.

  • 1 decade ago

    If she can't legally sign the contract, which is true unless shes an emancipated minor, and can't pay the rent, then theres nothing you can do. Go with your instinct and give her $ back.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. She cannot make a contract with you and you cannot make a contract with her. Return the deposit.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes, you can return her the money. It is not illegal to have a contract with a minor but it will not hold up in court if a problem arise.

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