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security deposit, verbal agreement, but no lease

Posted by Jeff on February 25, 2001 at 14:13:56:

Hey if anyone can provide me with some information about this situation I would truly appreciate it:

Last Saturday I found a great apt. through a realtor in Queens. After the credit check cleared the realtor called me and told me that the apt. was mine and all I had to do was put down a security deposit. That night I went to his office and put down the security deposit - $900. He gave me the receipt and assured me the apt. was mine. I called my present LL and gave him my 30 days notice and began boxing up my stuff to move. Today my realtor called me and told me that the son of the older woman who owns the building, and thereby rents the apts., decided that b/c I do a lot of freelance work I might have trouble covering the rent in the future. He has decided to begin showing the apt. again and is prepared to disregard the standing arrangment I had with my realtor. Can this joker get away with this? Am I totally screwed here b/c I did not sign a lease, even though I put down the security deposit and had a verbal agreement with the realtor? If someone could let me know what my rights are in this situation it would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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