I signed a lease last week but never moved in and now cannot take the house. What can they do to me?

Asked by Theresa Lanham, College Station, TX Wed Dec 29, 2010

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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Wed Dec 29, 2010
From experience, The seller can keep the deposit and they can sue you for the entire year rent. -and / or -
They can relist and try to rent and then they can sue you for any months of the home not being rented.

Usually, you ( the tenant ) can make an offer to the landlord to get out of the lease. Otherwise, you are responsible for what you signed.
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Diane Alfa…, Renter, 77713
Fri Oct 30, 2015
I rented an apartment two days ago me and my husband separated and he took all of my money out of the account. I have no money now and no job yet. What will they do when I go tell them this and turn in the keys. I am so upset.
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Terry Hooker, Agent, Palm Coast, FL
Sun Mar 20, 2011
Good Afternoon, The first thing you should do is contact the property manager. A question I have is what changed in your life that prevented yoou from moving in the home? Depending on the reason, you may have an out. The fact is landlords don't hold a lot of clout in a court room. So it become more of a moral obligation depending again on the reason. I mean if you couldn't move in because you had to move up north to help a family member, then you may have a good reason. But if you just found another home that you liked better after you signed the lease then you may be stuck. Anyway good luck.
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Raymond Garc…, , 02050
Thu Dec 30, 2010
Hi Lej,

When you sign a lease, you made a promise to the lessor in a business transaction that contracts to make use of property or equipment for a specific amount of time. The transaction is governed by the terms and conditions documented in a lease agreement. In return for the privilege of using the equipment or property for the duration of the lease, the lessee agrees to pay the owner or lessor regular payments that are in accordance with the terms specified in the lease.

As long as both parties honor their obligations, the lessee lessor relationship is usually a positive one.

It is not unusual for any lease agreement to grant both lessor and lessee termination rights. For example, a tenant may be able to retire a lease early if an employer transfers him or her to another city. At the same time, the owner of the property may choose to terminate a lease early for non-compliance of the tenant with the terms and conditions of the lease. The non-compliance may involve factors like non-payment of rent or failure to honor prohibitions against having a pet or violating clauses having to do with excess noise. Usually, a lease agreement provides protection for both parties, making it possible for both the lessee and the lessor to end the business relationship if either party is failing to live up to his or her commitment.

Before signing any lease agreement, a potential lessee should read the provisions of the document thoroughly. If there are any clauses or sections he or she does not understand, it is important to seek clarification before entering into the lease. This will help prevent the possibility of misunderstandings regarding the responsibilities and privileges assumed by both parties for the duration of the agreement, and help keep the business relationship cordial.

Ok, bottom line is that the lessor has bills to meet as well, and he/she took the property off the market for you, based on your promise to him/her. The lessor can enforce any terms that were written in to the lease even if you did not move in.

Good luck,

Ray Garcia
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Dec 30, 2010
Enforce the lease.
Typically they can go after you for the full amount of the lease.
It is a contract that you signed, likely saying you would pay them X amount.
If they have to go to court to collect, this can make renting in the future difficult
as you will now have a history of non-performance.
Best thing to do is to discuss your situation with them and see if you can't come to some kind of resolution that is good for both parties.
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