Posted by Will on August 11, 1999 at 08:45:49:
In Reply to: 2 hour lease posted by dubl on August 11, 1999 at 02:15:05:
Usually a lease only becomes valid if you take possession of the appartment within a certain number of days from signing. If you never take possession of the apartment the lease is terminated.
This is usually the case here in NY. Some states have a grace period where the renter can back out legally. I'm not sure what the laws are in your area..you might want to try going to tenent.net's main page at http://tenant.net and lookup your state...
How did you pay this deposit? cash check? did you get a receipt? I would consider calling your States attorney general to ask some questions.
: i hope i didn't make the biggest mistake of my life today. i have been looking
: for an apartment to rent for my fiance and i. had 2 narrowed down to look at. i
: could not get a response from my #1 choice(no answer). fearing that it was
: taken, i looked at the #2 apartment. it wasn't as nice as the first, but
: apartments are hard to find in minneapolis this time of year. i signed a 1yr
: lease, paid a $180 deposit+$20 appl. fee. the lease also needed to be signed by
: my fiance(is out of state right now) so i didn't get a copy of it. at the time
: signing, i informed the management that i was still under consideration on
: apartment #1 and that i would let them know by 10am the next morning if
: i would take it. they he-hawed but agreed that would be ok. an hour later
: apartment #1 called me back and i looked at it & signed their lease, still
: thinking that the management of apt#2 would be considerate and let me out&give
: me back the money. i didn't get a copy of the lease, i believe it was for
: 9/1/99 to 8/31/00. immediately after signing the lease for the #1 apt & paying
: $725 deposit, i drove to apt #2 and informed the management that the other
: apt. was a go and i wouldn't need theirs. they said they'd already spent my
: money and it was gone, for holding the apt for 2 hours. i don't remember what
: the particulars were in the lease for breaking it, it seemed they understood
: my situation at the time of signing. now they became evil. can a lease be
: terminated verbally? i didn't sign anything to terminate it. is the lease valid
: even if i was not given a copy? the deposit is the least of my worries. i can't
: afford two apts. today was aug 10, he still has 20 days to find another sucker.
: it sounds like i just lost the deposit but i don't know. my home is 250 miles
: away from mpls and its a chore to go down there all the time.
: please help me
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