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BLTC-9e Sample Answer for End-of-Chapter Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Chapter 17: Third Party Rights 17.2 Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Aron, a college student, signs a one-year lease agreement that runs from September 1 to August 31. The lease agreement specifies that the lease cannot be assigned without the landlord’s consent. In late May, Aron decides not to go to summer school and assigns the balance of the lease (three months) to a close friend, Erica. The landlord objects to the assignment and denies Erica access to the apartment. Aron claims that Erica is financially sound and should be allowed the full rights and privileges of an assignee. Discuss fully whether the landlord or Aron is correct. Sample Answer: As a general rule any right(s) flowing from a contract can be assigned. There are,
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Unformatted text preview: however, exceptions, such as when the contract expressly and specifically prohibits or limits the right of assignment. Because of the principle of freedom of contract, this type of prohibition is enforced—unless it is deemed contrary to public policy. For example, courts have held that a prohibition clause against assignment that restrains the alienation of property is invalid by virtue of being against public policy. Authorities differ on how a case like Aron’s should be de-cided. Some courts would enforce the prohibition completely, holding that Aron’s assignment to Erica is completely ineffective without the landlord’s consent. Others would permit the assignment to be effective, with the landlord’s remedies limited to the normal contract remedies ensuing from Aron’s breach....
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