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Can an apartment complex do this?

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The last time I went looking for an apartment, there was a new complex, and I liked the layout and price, so I inquired.  They told me that security deposit was $500.  Ok, they said 125 would be deducted in 4 straight weeks before opening.  Ok, thats all great.  When I filled out the application they said that if I was declined, I had an option to pay 4 months of month.

I get a call and they say that they want the 4 months.  I told them I found a better apartment and that I would like security back, and they told me I owed the first 4 months.  I told them you told me when I applied that it was an option, they then said it was required.

After 6 months of fighting with them they agreed to just take the deposit and keep it, but the discrepency went on my credit report, is there a way to fight this especially since I fought them for 6 months?

I was ok with them keeping the deposit, but not with them wanting 4 months rent

asked Dec 24, 2016 in Finances by curiousguy (240,790 points)

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If you didn't sign a lease, you owe them nothing.

answered Dec 24, 2016 by stanorocks! (126,450 points)
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The best you can do is contact the 3 credti bureaus and contest it. That was a chicken shit thing to do. I don;t undrstand this. Ity seems to me that there had to have been a document signed saying how much yo would be stuck with if you didn't move in. Like a processing fee. I havent lived in an appartment in decades, but I doubt this can be done in the state of Ca. 

Maybe you can find out a paralegal operation or a link online to assist with the laws of your state.

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answered Dec 24, 2016 by BUFFER (1,299,660 points)