Problem with a rental agreement, advice please?
March 14, 2012 6:03 AM Subscribe
Problem renting an apartment.
posted by Rosengeist to Work & Money (17 answers total)
Hope this is the right area for this. I wasn't entirely sure which forum it should go to.
I'm asking this question since, well, frankly, I'm a bit new to renting a property and this is my first time dealing with this sort of thing. About a month ago I was trying to rent my first apartment. At the time I believed that everything was fine and dandy and that renting wouldn't be a problem. I had given the renter a check for my deposit and my rent and he had given me a key, he had also asked me to sign a somewhat strange contract, strange in the sense that it was literally written down right in front of me with marker and I don't have a copy.
Currently I am living in a school dormitory, and I found out the following day that I wouldn't be able to leave until June without paying a heavy, heavy fine. It was something that I couldn't afford if I was going to be moving into this new place.
I contacted the renter the very next day after I had signed the papers and informed him I wouldn't be able to rent. He told me that it was totally fine and I had nothing to worry about, that he understood this sort of thing happens and I could call him in the future if I was interested in renting again. I thought everything was fine. Since he didn't say anything about returning the key, I kind of took my sweet time with returning it, and I assumed he'd just toss out the checks. (I know this was a really, really stupid assumption, and kind of dangerous, so let's please not go into that.)
I opened my bank account yesterday to find that both the deposit and rent had been extracted. I've tried to contact this guy, but not received a response yet, and I'll continue to call him until hopefully I hear back from him. I contacted the girl I would have been living with and she kind of made it sound like I wouldn't be getting anything back.
I realize I might lose some money, but I really can't afford to lose all of it. Also, is it legal for someone to be taking my money for something I didn't receive? I realize I made some mistakes with this issue, but I'd like to get as much of my money back as I can, if not all. It represents a serious hit to my wallet, especially if I don't get anything in return for it.
Any advice? I'm new to this whole renting thing, so any info would help.