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Old 08-17-2015, 11:55 PM
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Greetings all,

My situation might be a little hard to grasp but the start date for my unit was july 24th. On July 24, I paid 1100$ in rent. My landlord then proceeded to charge me 1100$ on August 1st for the month of August. When confronted that the rate should be prorated, the leasing company stated that it is policy not to prorate and that they have never prorated in the past. However, my rent was prorated when I was living last year and I know this for a fact. When told, they then changed what they said to "this company is under new management and it is policy that we do not prorate" However, I have a friend who signed a lease on the 26th and they had a prorated rent for the remaining 5 days of July. The manager then proceeded to state that it is the norm for student housing in Virginia to do this. The lease does state that 1099$ is due for the remainder of the first month (and I know I should have read the lease) but is there anything I can do to challenge the office to give me a prorated rent? We obviously were not made clear of this when we rented the unit and signed the lease agreement electronically where we trusted the company as we have done business with them in the past. I am considering taking up the issue with the better business bureau but is there anything else I can do to pressure the company into complying? Or is it a lost hope?

Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:02 AM
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Many schools have an office that assists students with off-campus housing. Communicate with them. They may have some suggestions on dealing with this landlord. Perhaps if this landlord knows that you are letting this school office know of this landlord's policy and that other students should avoid this landlord, it will relent and pro-rate your rent.

Good luck.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:30 PM
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Expensive life lesson. Read the lease.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:34 AM
Location: Northern Virginia
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If it's written in the lease and you signed it, you have no legal recourse.

However, you can give TN Lily's suggestion a shot. It can't hurt.
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