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Q. Is an oral lease valid? I want to move early but my landlord says we have a valid lease for a year.

A. An oral lease for a year or less is just as enforceable as a written lease. Of course, the person who is trying to enforce the lease must prove the oral agreement exists. Maybe you can get the landlord to agree to terminate the lease early by forfeiting the security deposit or paying a month’s rent. If the landlord does not agree to terminate the lease, you may owe damages for moving out early.

 

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Artwork by David Dishman

Mad Maude & The Hatters will perform at the Neches Brewing Company on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The band will also be selling The Sweetheart Sessions on 10-inch vinyl for $10 at the show. The music was recorded in 2015 at Sweetheart Studios in Austin.

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The Mardi Gras season is officially underway, so let the good times roll at the third annual Pardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center. Dance the night away with local party band Champagne Room, who will be playing the best of old school Motown, R&B and funk. Beans and sausage will be served, and the cash bars will be stocked with the drinks of your choice. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at tickemaster.com or at the door.

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The Southeast Texas Arts Council will honor supporters at its annual Hearts for the Arts recognition ceremony held Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Beau Reve (4400 Atlantic Road) in Port Neches from 5-8 p.m. Following the recognition ceremony will be a Valentine’s reception, which includes d’oeuvres, wine, desserts and coffee.

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The 14th annual Mardi Gras Krew of Krewe’s Grande Parade in downtown Orange is going to be bigger and better than ever, and the Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce and Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau invite everyone in Southeast Texas to the family friend event titled “It’s a Party” on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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