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Landlord/Agent breaking lease agreement

By RentingInCanberra 8 January 2014 24

One week before moving into a rental property, the landlord/agent decided to back out of the rental lease agreement which was signed back in mid-December. The agreement was counter-signed and witnessed by one of the agent’s assistants.

Since I wasn’t going to move in  until mid-Jan, agent had agreed to let me pay bond and 2 weeks rent after I returned from the holidays. After having done so, I was told that the owner had basically taken away the property and will not be pursuing with the agreement. I was also told they are well within their rights to do so because bond and 2 weeks rent weren’t paid in full at the time of signing.

Now, I want to know if they can just screw me like this. I’ve always thought that once the agreement has been signed – it cannot be cancelled unless both parties have mutually agreed to do so.

Any thoughts on what to do next would be highly appreciated.

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qbngeek 10:36 am 22 Mar 14

You might also find that you were a victim of a landlord trying to cash in on the Defence posting cycles. It is not uncommon for rent on apartments in the city to go up around December in anticipation of single Defence members or Members moving here without their families.

It is most noticeable with furnished properties as MWD(U) members will try to secure these properties so they don’t need to move/buy/lease a second lot of furniture while they are posted here.

Mid year is a better time for finding a rental around the city.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:25 pm 21 Mar 14

Sandman said :

So it’s been empty for nearly 3 months? Or did they take an ultra short term lease at an exorbitant price from January to March?
Sounds like you dodged a bullet there. Not sure that’s the kind of landlord you want. Did you get your bond and 2 weeks rent back?

There will be something strange going on, like the owner decided to renovate because their tradie son needed work, or something. Some people are pretty weird, and do things for strange reasons.

I doubt it was anything personal to do with the OP.

Sandman 4:19 pm 21 Mar 14

So it’s been empty for nearly 3 months? Or did they take an ultra short term lease at an exorbitant price from January to March?
Sounds like you dodged a bullet there. Not sure that’s the kind of landlord you want. Did you get your bond and 2 weeks rent back?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:12 am 21 Mar 14

taninaus said :

you have to wonder about the competency of the real estate agent when they can’t post an accurate advertisement on all homes – the property only has 2 bathrooms, no bedroom or car parks indicated on the icons, commentary talks about “furnished to the highest standard” but the pictures show an unfurnished apartment.

I think you were smart to walk away and find something else.

I’ve been a landlord of multiple properties for over a decade now, and my experience of property managers is that when you find a good one, hang on to them, because they are rare.

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