When a landlord agrees to rent property to a tenant to begin on a specific date, the landlord is obligated to deliver possession on that date.
In order to deliver possession of the rental unit to the tenant, the landlord needs to make the unit available. This can be done by giving the keys to the tenant. The landlord also needs to make sure there is no one currently living in the unit. The landlord must also deliver the unit to the tenant in a habitable condition.
If the landlord does not deliver possession to the tenant, the tenant might be able to abandon the tenancy and sue the landlord for damages.
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