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landlord backs out after signing prerental agreement and paying security deposit

Posted by pumacat on May 22, 2001 at 11:13:51:

I need some help!

I recently "rented" an apartment in upstate NY and I was supposed to move in on June 1. Prior to signing a lease, the landlord requests a reference check and a pre-rental agreement where he collects your security deposit. However, he never produced a lease despite my requests! Finally, I told him that I would not be willing to move into the apt until I had signed the lease and that I wanted to see the lease and review it ASAP. Also, I informed him that the 3 MONTHS RENT he requested as a security deposit needed to be placed into an interest-bearing account. Twenty-four hours later, I got an email from this ass saying that he was not renting the apt to me after all and returning my security deposit! Can he do this? I signed a prerental agreement that I perceive as binding! What are my rights?


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