Q: Will we need legal help?
The owner of the house we just signed a lease/paid deposit for was working with a property management company but has fired them for his own reasons. They still have the property listed for rent, the lockbox hasn't been removed, and we want to make sure we're covered. We have a lease signed by the owner and ourselves and everything seems valid. Does it seem like we are good to go or should I be worried about the property management continuing to list the house for rent?
If you have a lease signed by the home owner, you are in good shape. On the first day of the lease, you need to be there and occupy the house. That will solidify your tenancy. I would talk to the owner to confirm your move-in date. The fact that you paid the deposit puts you in good shape legally.
You might want to check out the property tax records, or the deed records in the county where the house sits, to be sure you are dealing with the correct owner. If that does not match, then I would call the owner to find out if there is a scam or other problem.
I hope this helps.
Attorney John Cucci, Jr., Esq.
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