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William Levine v. Anne Blumenthal
Citation:117 N.J.L. 23.
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The Plaintiff (Levine) leased a store space to the Defendants (Blumenthal), for a period of two years, with an increase in the monthly rent between the first ($175/month) and second year ($200/month), as well as a renewal option for the third year. Soon after the contract began, due to poor economic conditions, the Defendants notified the Plaintiff that they simply would not be able to pay the second year’s rent if it was increased as per the contract. Plaintiff and Defendant came to an oral agreement to allow the Defendants to continue in their space for the same $175/month rent in the second year. After the second year, Plaintiff sued Defendants to collect the difference in rent between the contract and what was paid.
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