Beatley v. Knisley
Ohio Court of Appeals
917 N.E.2d 280, 183 Ohio App. 3d 356 (2009)
Katherine Knisley, Jaclyn Wanner, and Julianne Irene (the students) (defendants) toured a rental apartment owned by Jack Beatley near the university they attended. Beatley told the students that he would rent the apartment to them provided the students satisfied three conditions: (1) the students found a guarantor, (2) the students paid a deposit, and (3) the students found a fourth roommate to sign onto the lease. All three students signed the lease agreement that day. The lease agreement did not include any of the conditions precedent but simply stated that the students might be required to obtain a guarantor or pay a deposit and that no more than four individuals could occupy the apartment. The students never fulfilled any of the three conditions and never took possession of the apartment. Beatley sued the students for breach of contract and moved for summary judgment. The students countered, arguing that the lease agreement had never gone into effect because the students had never fulfilled Beatley’s three oral conditions precedent. Beatley countered, arguing that the parol-evidence rule barred the introduction of any extrinsic evidence related to oral conditions imposed before the execution of the written lease agreement. The trial court granted Beatley summary judgment. The students appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Klatt, J.)
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