Landlord is refusing to deliver keys without changes to lease we just signed. What are our options?

Asked by BPF, Philadelphia, PA Fri Aug 23, 2013

Landlord and tenants signed lease. Landlord subsequently got credit reports on tenants and found they have no previous rental history. This was presumably clear when showing the property since all tenants represented themselves as recent college graduates with new jobs.
Landlord now refuses to deliver keys and is requiring changes to lease such as co-signers and additional deposits.

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David Siegel, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Sat Aug 24, 2013
File a lawsuit. In 6 month's take a huge stack of paper to court. Pay all the filing fees, legal fees, etc., etc., wait all day, lose another days pay and waive all the paperwork in front of a judge. After repeating this procedure 3-4 times you'll figure out what the property owner's defense is. Accusing you of false statements on the application would be my guess because the slightest ambiguity can be construed to be a misrepresentation. Or simply declined to deliver the keys since entire transaction was subject to satisfactory credit, which he deemed unilaterally deficient, thus requiring the guarantor / co-signor.

Don't expect the" landlord police" to magically appear and make him give you the keys. It just doesn't work like that.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Aug 24, 2013
This is not a good way to being a relationship......

As explained, this sure sounds like the agreed upon terms are trying to be altered. Are there terms in the signed agreement that allow the landlord to make changes?

People should never sign anything they can't agree to abide by......before agreeing, a conversation with an attorney may prove beneficial.

Good luck,

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Z, , Lehigh Acres, FL
Sat Aug 24, 2013
Has money changed hands?( based on the agreement of the lease) if this answer is yes then the Lanlord must produce the keys because the contract has been entered and agreed to by each party.

Is there a clause in the Lease that states that terms can be changed without any notice?

Do you have a years lease or a moth to month?

Check the statues in your State regarding Landlord Tenant Law.( Google it)

Send a certified letter with your demand ie ( I would like for you to comply with the lease that was signed by........... and deliver to me the keys to said property.............put address in blank space. Include the amount of money you paid to the Landlord ( deposit full month rent etc.

Start a file of all contact made by Landlord or contact you made to Landlord keep all receipts,voicemail,.Start communicating via email to get a paper trail. Keep any receipts of expenses you incur for housing while the landlord refuses to give you the key.

Contact Fair housing in your State this may be a case of Discrimination they will determine that.


With that being said your outcome depends on the adherence to the law that is set for your State.

May GOD Bless you.
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David Siegel, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Fri Aug 23, 2013
There are two sides to every case. That's why courtrooms are filled day in and day out. It's possible the rental application contains a clause making all subsequent documents subject to providing a satisfactory credit report soley at the landlords discretion. Since you don't have possesion of the premises the most you can do is sue for specific performance. That will take months. You can't break in. You can't coerce. You can comply or sue or ask for your money back. Welcome to the real world
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Andy Bencosme, Agent, Sierra Madre, CA
Fri Aug 23, 2013
If you have a signed lease by all parties and a copy then he is obligated to follow through with what was promised. But I would read the lease carefully to make sure there is no clause allowing Landlord to change anything and what your recourse is for failure to turn over keys.
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Eli Qarkaxhia, , Philadelphia, PA
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Assuming that the lease has been execute by both parties and landlord has received all required checks, tenants have the right to move in without changing the terms of the lease.
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