What to do if I signed a lease last Friday that is not effective until this Friday but now I cannot move in?

I paid deposit and rent up front and due to job issues I cannot move. The landlord stated he will not hold me to the lease but will not return my money. Is this legal? I do not even have possesion of the property.

Asked on December 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country you are legally on the hook for the full term of the lease given the facts that you have written. If your landlord is allowing you to buy out of your lease for some rent paid up from and the deposit you should consider such an offer after you carefully read your lease and consult with a landlord tenant attorney.

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