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Re: Can a rental application double for a lease?

Posted by Peter on February 15, 2000 at 12:31:43:

In Reply to: Can a rental application double for a lease? posted by Kara on February 15, 2000 at 10:47:53:

Check your credit report.

If any of the agencies that is claiming funds are listed there, then tell the credit reporting agency to remove the amount off your report and have the collection agancy prove their case. If in fact you didn't sign a lease with this place, then you were a month to month tenant with a verbal agreement to rent space to 6 months. If you signed a rental application/referance check, then then you agreed to have your credit check, etc. etc. and bound by what the application states, like hold the apartment for X amount of days... the terms of the lease may have been written on the application. Most people consider an application to be more just for references, please read the fine print.

: Background info:
: Back in 6/1/99 my friend and her boyfriend moved into an apartment together in Albany, NY, 400+ Units, 6 month leasing period. They had a falling out a month later and she moved out. However, she had never signed the actual LEASE, she only filled out the rental application before she moved in. Now she has collection agencies calling her and demanding that she pay $985 because he supposedly “walked out of the lease early.” The credit agency told her that they cannot get a hold of her ex-boyfriend and she is resposible for the debt. She has no idea where he is and she hasn’t talked to him since July 1999. Any suggestions are welcome. And is she liable or is the credit agency just Bsing her? They say she signed a lease but she KNOWS she did not. Thanks in advance.

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