I signed a lease that says that the first day of the lease is Mid July. Recently, we were given the option to move in earlier, so the landlord crossed out the date on the contract and wrote the new date in the margins. The landlord said that it's perfectly legal, and we won't need to resign another contract.
Is that indeed legal? If that is legally enforceable, what is stopping someone from scribbling other clauses in the contract that we didn't agree to?
In the interest of staying protected, should I request that the landlord void the previous contract and send us a new one?