The title is a little misleading. Lease agreements tend to have multiple forms that need to be signed. In my case there was the actual lease agreement (with checkmarks next to many things that needed signatures) and an extra form that the lease referenced which was the pet agreement.
In my case, there are two tenants (me and my girlfriend + our cat). First of all, we were given a lease to sign but were not given the pet agreement at the time. The landlord called us the day before they wanted the lease signed and told us if they didn't have it the next day they would have to rent it out to someone else. Since we did not have the pet agreement and I have a full time job, I only signed the lease itself and didn't initial any of the check boxes because some addendums needed to be made before I would agree to it. I did however sign the final "signature" line and so did my girlfriend.
When she brought the lease in the next day, they explained to her the pet agreement. The agreement adds an additional non-refundable deposit, even after the rent for the building is already set higher in the first place because it's a pet building. I never was given the option to sign that (and I wouldn't had I read it) but she did.
I'm wondering if this lease is binding or not (to both or either of us) because of this addition to the original lease. Normally this wouldn't bother me if they actually used the deposit to clean the apartment but when we got the keys and looked in it, it had obviously NOT been cleaned. When viewing the apartment, the person showing it mentioned that they "hadn't come in to clean it yet" which implies to me that they WILL come in to clean it.
I realize this is probably a law question but I'm not sure where to ask about it or find the information. It may be common enough to fit into this site as well.