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I will be given the keys to the place once I sign the lease, but I won’t be able to move anything in due to the moving policy. One needs to make prior arrangements with the elevator etc. However they will not allow me to make these arrangements until I sign my lease. Is this legal?


4 Thoughts on Can a landlord charge me rent even if I am not allowed to move in until a week later?
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    Tyler M
    August 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I think hes just tryign to get as much money as he can from u be4 u actally move in…

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    August 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Probably, if you want the flat you’ll pay a few days extra rent. If you don’t he’ll find someone else.

    It happened to me once. They wouldn’t hold the flat unless I paid the rent, but I had to obtain a guarantor before they would hand over the keys.

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    Walter M- Barbara
    August 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    If you sign a lease which states that you can’t move in for whatever reason, I guess rent can be charged. I f it is not on
    the contract then I don’t think the landlord should be charging
    you rent ahead of time or occupation. Call the state’s Real
    Estate department and ask this question!! They should have
    the facts on this dilemma!! Good Luck!

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    August 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, it is legal. You will have access to the place, you just won’t be able to move your items in. You will still be able to come and go from the unit as you please.

    Look at it in another perspective. You need to rent a car for 10 hours. You will pick it up when the place opens at 8am. The rental place closes at 5pm, so it is only open for 9 hours. Since they are only open for 9 hours so they will charge you for a 24 hour rental.because you won’t return the car until 8am the following day.

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