I signed the lease & mailed it off w/a check for 1st month & security on 3/31 to the agent listing the property located in Orlando, FL. I emailed him copies of the checks & the signed lease to expedite the process. He told me they had a rep in the area that would be available to give me the keys on Tues 4/3, on 4/6 he emailed me saying that the person auth'd to sign the lease was away @ a conference & he is uncertain when they will be able to rtn a signed lease to us. They have not deposited the checks. I have incurred expenses related to deliveries that I had arranged based on having the keys on 4/3. What can I do? Thank you!
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Your lease is not valid until it is signed by both the landlord and the tenant. If the lease is for more than one year, there must be two witnesses to the signatures. Until the lease is properly executed, you do not have any rights to use the property nor do you have any action against the landlord for damages. You are stuck waiting for the landlord to sign the lease. if you are unsure of your rights or responsibilities, you should consult an experienced real estate lawyer in your area.
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Next time, it may be best for you to sign lease in person, have it countersigned and pick up keys at one time. At this point, as Counsel mentioned, you are stuck at the time frame of the landlord. In terms of enforcement of the lease without both parties signing, the fact that they have not endorsed your check is not helping your situation. Caution: if your landlord has not been organized and followed from the inception, you may want to think this relationship over.
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