Property Law Keyed to Smith
Prescott v. Smits
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The Smits leased a farm from the Prescotts that they agreed would last for three years. Six months later, the Smits left the farm and stopped paying rent and the Prescotts sued for rent nonpayment. Because the lease was oral and leases longer than a year are required to be in writing, the oral lease created a tenancy at will. A dispute arose regarding whether a year-to-year tenancy was created, requiring the Smits to pay rent for a full year. The lower courts granted judgment in favor of the Prescotts and the Smits appealed.
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