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Old 07-23-2013, 04:54 PM
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My three friends and I had been looking for an apartment in the city for a few weeks when we eventually found one we liked on the upper west side. We all paid a $150 application fee each on the 10th of July. We were told that once we had a guarantor/s who combined made 65 times the rent we could sign the lease. our first fell through but we submitted two guarantor applications on the 17th of July. We were then told that one of our guarantors did not have a credit rating and could not be used. Instead two of us would have to pay 6 months back rent up front. We agreed to this Today the 23rd of July our guarantor called up and was told that we could sign the lease tomorrow as both guarantors had been accepted. We have about 30 emails asking for different information including those that said that our guarantors had not been accepted.
That would all be fine except they are now (after Mod cut: Inappropriate language. us around for two weeks) they want $1300 prorate for the days since. We were never told about a prorate and nothing was mentioned throughout our contact with them. The part I don't understand is why they kept putting us through hoops when we had everything we needed last week.
Are they just trying the screw us for money?
Is it a just a scam?

We are also all Irish over in NYC for the year and feel that they are just trying to scam us. We have to meet them tomorrow so any help people could give us on the matter would be very much appreciated!!

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Old 07-23-2013, 07:01 PM
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I don't know about anyone else, but I am having a very hard time figuring out why this is posted in the Writing Forum.

Unless the OP's post is the beginning of a short story that he/she is submitting for a critique, I just don't see what this diatribe has to do with a writing forum.
I suggest that the OP re-post his/her dilemma in a forum oriented toward legal issues, or rental issues, or housing issues.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:08 PM
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:48 PM
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sorry second time posting will repost
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:08 PM
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What landlord are you signing with? Try googling their name to see if anything pops up. Also, make sure you are working with licensed brokers. You can use this website https://appext20.dos.ny.gov/nydos/selSearchType.do to make sure they are who they say they are.

The only red flags in your story is the fact that they want the $1300 prorated check. If I am understanding you correctly, you submitted your application on X date, got approved today and are expected to pay back rent from the day, X, that you submitted your application? How do they want you to submit these payments (ie cash or certified check - which is standard).
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:19 PM
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Pro-rate what? Pro-rate for "the days since" what? What were their exact words?
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