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Old 07-14-2018, 06:39 AM
 
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I applied for an apartment 9 weeks ago and gave 200$ good faith deposit to a broker. He gave me a receipt which says the money will return to me after 7days -21days if i got rejected. Then I got rejected. I keep messaging the broker every week but everytime he says he will do it but never gives me the money. Last week i called him, he said he screwed up the account and was in hospital and lost his job blablabla. I don't want to keep calling him forever, what things can i do to get my deposit back? (where can i report him or something?)

He does not belong to any broker firm, but he does have a broker license.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:37 AM
 
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If he has no boss, like at a firm, call the Better Business Bureau or, no kidding, call your assemblyman's office or consumer affairs. You can get the info from 311.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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Thats not being a sucker giving a good faith deposit. Ive done it before when I applied to rent in a co-op and also a high end lux building.
Op just dealt with a crock. I always got in the buildings and got it back.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY (Crown Heights/Weeksville)
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Adding on to NYC Refugee's advice above,
here's how to File a Complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complai...nt/get-started

You could try writing to this scum and saying you WILL be filing a BBB complaint if you do not receive the money by MONEY ORDER (don't trust his check) within 3 days. Or if he sends a check, wait until it clears your bank to be satisfied that he's paid you back.

When you write, you could use certified mail, just to shake him up. Sometimes it's good to rattle people who are stalling you. But if that's too much hassle, a text is probably just as good, because you have record of your texts. All you want to do is upset him enough to get him to act.

Maybe a threat of complaint will get him off the pot. From the link, it looks pretty easy to file that complaint, so yhou'd be able to follow through with your threat. It looks like they'll start chasing him, FWIW.

His excuses are as old as the hills.

If anyone knows how to threaten his brokers' license, do chime in.

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Old 07-15-2018, 02:16 AM
 
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NYC apt brokers = used car salesman.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:32 AM
 
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This is why I was hesitant to give money to any broker that didn't work for a major real estate company. Because at least then you can write them a bad review not just the broker but the real estate company itself and lower their rating potentially on Yelp, Zillow etc.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:50 AM
 
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My experience has been that complaining to the BBB is as effective as complaining to a pet rock. They exist to calm the nerves of people who have been cheated by Businesses. The Better Business Bureau cares as much about consumers as the Chamber of Commerce, which is to say not at all.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:05 PM
 
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Hard to believe you keep messaging, even though it clearly isn't working.

Write him a formal letter.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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File a complaint with the NYS bureau of consumer protection.


https://ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/Fi...umer-Complaint
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