Are we able to get out of a lease after signing?

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Are we able to get out of a lease after signing?

After signing a lease, we needed to ask for the move in date to be moved forward by 2 weeks due to job scheduling. The landlord said it would be a bad business decision and did not allow it. Now, they need us to sign an addendum stating that we are okay being charged more than the legal state limit for deposits that are stated in the lease. Does this allow us to bow out of our lease? There are too many red flags. We gave earnest money at signing. Can we ask for that to be returned?

Asked on August 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The statute says that the landlord shall not demand security in an amount in excess of one and one-half month's rent.  The landlord, if that is what he is doing, is in violation of the statute already.  Arizona courts have held that a Contract that violates a statute is an illegal contract and is void.


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