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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble.
When does the lease say they're supposed to move in? What, if anything, does it require them to pay before they move in? What types of demands are they making?
Thank you for clarifying. I didn't realize you meant that you put her name on the paperwork. If she had told you to do it, that would be OK and it would be valid. Since she didn't, the lease isn't valid - but it's her privilege to cancel. You don't have the ability to cancel the lease based on your wrongful act of signing the tenant's name without consent. When a person goes to court, they have to walk in with clean hands. If you refused to let her move in, and she sued, the judge would have to rule against you.
What that means is, you and the tenant can work out something where you both agree to cancel, but you'd both have to sign it and it should include a waiver of any right to sue. You can't cancel unilaterally without the tenant's consent.
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