I had a meeting with my landlord today to sign a contract extension for my apartment. I signed the contract believing that everything was fine and then went to discuss it with him in his office. Before I gave the contract to him, I wanted to make sure that my girlfriend, a non-US citizen, would be able to stay with me. However, I was told that I would need a legal sign of commitment (marriage, shared car title, etc) in order to have her move in. As this is not possible at this time, I told him that I would no longer like to have the extension and would be moving to another complex. He then responded that I could not cancel the contract because I had signed already (but I had not given it to him yet) and that I would have to pay a cancellation fee. He then took the contract off the desk, where I had set it, and refused to return it to me. Do I have any legal recourse? I was told earlier that if I wanted to have her move in that all I had to do was come to the office and put her name on the lease (although I do not believe that they know she was not a US citizen at the time). It does say that they require this "proof of commitment" in the terms of my original contract, but I thought that with this verbal arrangement that it would not be necessary. Due to these facts, I feel that this was a case of misrepresentation. In addition, I had signed the contract, but had not given "communication of acceptance." Both a signature and communication of acceptance are, as far as I know, required for a contract to be enforceable. Anyone have any ideas or any links to laws/cases/contract law explanations that might be helpful and that I could show to them to explain? Is this contract really enforceable as they say?