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Old 06-27-2011, 11:14 PM
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Sorry for such a short title.

Recently applied for an apartment in oregon, thought they were a studio apartment, there is nothing on their website or anything else to suggest otherwise. There is a vague hint, but nothing to clearly state that they are, in fact quad apartments. Four rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. I filled out an application and sent them a check before i was told what the apartments really were.

I never signed the actual lease, or the agreement for a reservation, they didn't have a room reserved for me, they simply ran a credit check on me based on my application (which again, had no signature or lease agreement, and nowhere on their website, forms, etc. Did they have notice of a cancellation fee, or anything to suggest they could keep my money before i signed the lease.)

I e-mailed them several times, explaining i had mistook the apartments for something else, and would like my money back. I even went up there, i live in california, and told they i would pay 50 as a processing fee, but i wanted the rest back.

The manager told me that he would not return any of it because i had an "intent" to move in. Therefore, they can keep the money without a signed agreement or any form of legal documentation.

Can i take legal action? Is he allowed to do this?

Would really appreciate some kind of advice or feedback.

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:50 PM
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This is probably a question more for a real estate lawyer, or perhaps a legal office who represents tenants rights and such.

Most places we have rented from do not require anything aside from an application fee and deposit up front to hold the unit for us. Is this what you paid? I have heard of places which regard the deposit as your claim on the unit, and if you decide to back out they keep the deposit or a portion of it. It is fair, because they have to protect their interests as well. It's not their fault that you didn't check the unit out before sending them the deposit to hold it for you - if that's what you did.

But if you paid more than that, and it's like first months rent or something extra that you're wanting back, I dunno. I'd talk to a professional who knows about these things.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:53 AM
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There was no fee, they were not holding anything for us, like i said before.

And once again, there was nothing on their site that indicated that they were a quad unit.... And i live 9 hours away, so i find it a little hard to check the place out whenever i want. I assumed general information, such as what kind of an apartment it is, would be the first thing they would talk about.

They have done nothing but run a credit check, there is still no apartment waiting for me, and i still have not signed any lease, or fee, or deposit form.

And no, it is not fair, he never stated that there was a cancellation fee, or gave any reasonable explanation for keeping the money beside, "i think, personally, that you gave an intent to move in because you contacted us, so we can't give the money back"
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:16 AM
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Well, whatever is going on - nobody on the city-data boards is going to be able to solve the issue for you. I'd talk to a lawyer that specializes in this kind of issue. If you are a college student you might have free legal aid through your school. Some companies also offer legal advice or help depending on your benefits package. There are also pro-bono legal services you can find out there. Good luck.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:02 AM
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If you gave them a deposit, you can't get it back. When you give someone a deposit it means they ARE holding your apartment for you. Who knows how many other potential renters were turned away because the unit was being held for you. It doesn't matter if you signed a lease or not, simply by sending the money you showed intent to rent the place and the place was taken off the market.

Now they will have to re-list the unit and find a new tenant to rent it, that takes time and money -- that's what your deposit pays for.

IF you had, in fact, moved into the apartment then the deposit would be used as a portion of a future rental payment (usually your second months rent), therefore it is refunded to you. The application fee is something else entirely and is never refundable - even if you don't qualify to rent the place.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:56 AM
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I'm curious. How much money are we talking about here? Is it even worth your time to pursue it? If it's more than what it would cost you to hire a lawyer to write a letter, go for it. If not, just chalk it up to a lesson learned.

I once put down a "deposit" in the amount of $3K and I did get it back but threatened legal action to do so and it took me quite a bit of sleuthing to get that back. I thought $3K was worth fighting over.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:22 PM
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It would be helpful to know how much you're talking about.

If you really just paid the standard $50 or whatever application fee, you're likely hosed (and why on earth would you drive 9 hours and spend more than that to get the money back?). If you sent in a deposit, which you claim you didn't, then you're likely extra-hosed.

Frankly, I have to wonder why you'd send anything without even bothering to call and see what you were applying for. That's just bizarre.
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