Posted by Hawk on June 04, 1999 at 19:20:22:
In Reply to: Screwed by two landlords posted by Hello Kitty on June 02, 1999 at 15:51:50:
Don't be depressed. First, question: can landlord refuse you the apartment. Answer -- the landlord can refuse to rent you its apartment for any reason so long as it is not a discriminatory reason, such as race, etc.
Second question, about the security deposit. please read the lease , there is likely a clause in there about giving notice and under what circumstances the landlord can and cannot keep the security deposit. (here's a trick that may or may not be too late to use in your case, but might be worth a try: if a landlord does not keep a tenant's security deposit in a seperate account from the landlord's money, the landlord loses the right to have a security deposit and has to immediately return the entire security deposit amount to the tenant -- even if the tenant is still living in the apartment.) If someone needs the cite to that law (its in the General Obligations Law section 15 or something-- bug me and i'll go find it. Good luck.
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