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If landlord delays my move in date, is that a default and can lease be cancelled?

Stone Mountain, GA |

landlord told me that before i move in, she will turn on all utilities and have her inspector present on the move in date for a walk through. She called me the day before to say the lights are not on and i will reduce 1st. months rent by $40. Is that a default and grounds to cancel lease. It says if landlord defaults and is not tenants fault the lease can be terminated.

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  1. You did not state how long of a delay there would be. I would suspect that if it was a short delay - a few days or so, then it would not be considered a material breach. Every "breach" is not a grounds to avoid a contract if the breach is not material.

    This is not intended to create an attorney client relationship and none is to be implied either. You must contact an attorney and present all facts before you can and should act on this response


  2. To answer a contract question, an attorney needs to see the contract. Without knowing anything about the contract, In most contracts, this fact scenario is not sufficient to constitute a breach.


  3. Whether or not the delay in move-in is grounds for terminating the lease depends on what the lease says about a delay to start. For a definitive answer to your question, you would need to show your lease to an attorney.

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