How to Request a Copy of a Contract

by Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

How to Request a Copy of a Contract. Whether you are buying a piece of real estate or joining a health club, contracts are a part of life. Sometimes you don't get your copy of a critical contract or you lose your copy. That means you need to request a copy of the contract to add to your records.

Step 1

Determine who you should contact to request the contract copy. If the contract is your apartment lease, you probably need to contact the leasing office. If the contract is a property purchase agreement, contact your attorney or Realtor.

Step 2

Call the person directly to make a request. For most contract copy requests, a simple phone call will accomplish the entire mission. Call your leasing office and see if someone will fax you a copy of your lease. Call your Realtor to request a faxed or emailed copy of your property purchase agreement.

Step 3

Email your request. If the party with whom you have a contract is not easily accessible by phone, emailing your request for a contract copy is appropriate.

Step 4

Write a formal letter requesting a mailed copy of your contract. This is usually the best way to request a mailed physical original contract or get a notarized copy of a document.

Step 5

Follow up on your request for a copy of a contract if you don't receive it in a reasonable period of time. A reasonable time for an emailed copy is a couple days. A reasonable time for a mailed copy is two weeks.

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