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new apartment is horrible, want out of lease

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Teri Osmon

my son saw a model of an apartment at a complex, put down a heafty deposit, signed a lease, received the keys all the day before a holiday. by the time he saw the actual apartment he was renting and realized it was un-inhabitable (bugs, filth, broken appliances, missing screens) the office was closed. by the time we could contact anyone it was 2 days later. first we asked them to come in and spray. we waited a week and they didn't spray. then we asked to terminate the lease but the landlord has been doing nothing but giving us a run-around and now he is not taking our calls or returning messages. i've called the building inspector, the health department. i keep getting told that a lot of people complain about this complex. if this is true, why are they allowed to rent out their apartments?

my main question is: can we turn around the next day after signing the lease and ask the lease to be terminated? We live in Illinois in Cook county. my son has yet to move into the apartment and it has been 3 weeks. we just want the lease terminated and hopefully get our money back. what can we do about this?


mary hartman

Take lots of pictures of the bugs, filth broken screens, appliances... then sue the landlord in small claims court...

YOU and YOUR SON will get a real education on how our AMERICAN system of justice works...

Time to stand up for your rights or let the landlord keep getting away with this...


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