So I signed a 12 month lease for a property about a week or so ago with the lease commencing next week. Lease was confirmed as signed by all parties, and payments have been made (first month rent and bond).
Now, the real estate agent has called me this week to say that they need to cancel the old lease and we need to setup a new one, he's citing the change of tenancy laws as the reason, and mentioned that they'd be putting more clauses in with regards to minimum standards.
Now the first thought here is, the lease has been signed already, and money paid, they can't do shit.
However if there's nothing bad added to the contract I can't really see a reason not to do it, as it might just start the relationship on a bad footing.
But say I did refuse to sign, could they refuse to hand me the keys to the place?
Property is located in Victoria.