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Old 07-29-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Hello,
I am a student and I tried to rent a new apartment since my current lease is going to end very soon. So I talked to one apartment complex, I decided to apply for this aparement complex De Zavala Park APT.

They said there would be a $299(+$15=$314) move-in-special and you have to pay $214 first when you apply. Then you have to pay the rest of $100 when you get the key next Friday. Please make sure call the Electric Company to start your account on Wednesday. I asked - do you mean our application would be approved since you want me to start Electric before we get the key? She said - yes, it won't be denied.

Before I call the Electric company, I went there again to make sure. She said my application will be denied since you don't have a good credit. I was a little upset, but I was still ok. So I asked if I can get my money back since I was denied. Her manager said you can only get $149 (administration fee)back, and the application fee $65 is not refundable. You can come to get the check after 2 days.

I think that's reasonable to be charged application fee. So I called 2 days later to ask my $149 application fee back. The manager said she won't give to us. I was really mad so I called the apartment complex D's parent company Lynd LLC.

Everytime I call parent company- Lynd Company, I was transfered back to company D. Finally I talked to someone from L, they said the same thing to me. I was really pissed off and wondering --

Is it fair to charge my administration fee when my application was denied? Should I go to the parent company in person to talk to them?They told me I would get the key so that I paid the money, otherwise I won't.

Any opinions wille be appreciated!
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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So sorry to hear about that Cherry and I really don't know if you can get your money back or not. Had similar challenges when my daughter was in college in student housing and it seems to be universal constant that they try to stick it to college students.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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mention the word lawyer/court. Works pretty much every time..
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:03 PM
RGJ
 
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Try here or call and ask for one of the Lynd's

The Lynd Corporate*- team | Apartments - San Antonio, TX


But I think I read in an article about them is that they manage something like 34,000 units across the United States. So, one mad turned down applicant may not matter much...
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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Before I call the Electric company, I went there again to make sure. She said my application will be denied since you don't have a good credit. I was a little upset, but I was still ok. So I asked if I can get my money back since I was denied. Her manager said you can only get $149 (administration fee)back, and the application fee $65 is not refundable. You can come to get the check after 2 days.
erm, so let me get this straight.

65$ is non-refundable (i can see this, its 30-40 a piece for TRA leases if i remember correctly. fee varies from apt complex to apt complex).

149, if i read your post correctly, should be more than half of the 'move in special' which usually covers first months rent. the last time i moved in to an apt complex, the monies i paid up front for the move-in special *always* covered the first months rent. thats why its a special!

so, going on that, they are keeping your money that was supposed to cover first months rent because your credit came back less than favorable?

yeah.....

mention lawyer/lawsuit to them on your next call. report back here and tell us how fast they caved. ask them what an 'administrative fee' is on a rental app and why no other tenants had one. if 299 was the total price of the move-in special, it covers your app + first months rent. theres no way the app cost more than 80$.

now, on a different tangent, are you stuck on living in the dezavala area? the area i live in (78209 zip code) is nice and fairly cheap (some parts are. i pay under 600$/month where im at for ~1100 sqft)
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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How did you pay them? If you used a check, put a stop payment on it. Most banks charge about $25 for that but that's less than the $149.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:15 PM
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How did you pay them? If you used a check, put a stop payment on it. Most banks charge about $25 for that but that's less than the $149.

They probably did not accept a personal check for your reason stated.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:11 PM
RGJ
 
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Here's the article on the management company. What I get from the article is that they seem to be a good company. Hmmmm

An appetite for real estate - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Don't even MENTION the word lawyer - they'll be laughing so hard it isn't funny. C'mon - what attorney is even going to LOOK at something like this?!?? File on 'em in small claims court.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Redneck is right. Don't mention the word lawyer. That will just get them rolling on the floor laughing. Instead, mention the words "small claims court". That is much more likely to get a response because they know it doesn't cost you more than $25 to file a claim and then they'll have to pay one of their lawyers a lot of money to go to court over a tiny fee that you are very likely to win. If a written letter and follow up call to the parent company don't get you far, small claims court is the way to go.
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