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sarahg97

Member
What is the name of your state?New York

I applied for an apartment in a co-op. Before my application could go before the board, I had to sign a lease and pay 1st month's rent, security deposit, and broker's fee. Then I had to wait for an interview with the co-op board. The wait time after I signed was weeks and weeks, without the interview being scheduled. I finally withdrew my application, as I needed a place to live. I'm now being told that I'm in breach of contract and therefore not entitled to my money back. However, I was never approved to live there and while I signed the lease, it was not signed by the owners.

How do I proceed?
 

quincy

Senior Member
They never gave me a copy. I'm feeling really foolish but this was my first time dealing with a co-op and it was a completely different experience than just renting an apartment
You should request a copy, then. The answer to your question should be found in the contract.
 

PayrollHRGuy

Senior Member
You should never sign ANYTHING without getting a copy. You need to ask them for a copy.

I assume you applied to rent and not purchase. NY and specifically NYC have very favorable to the renter laws.
 

sarahg97

Member
You should never sign ANYTHING without getting a copy. You need to ask them for a copy.

I assume you applied to rent and not purchase. NY and specifically NYC have very favorable to the renter laws.
Yes, sorry I forgot to write that I was renting. And yes, in NYC. They have lawyers involved on their end, so I guess I should get a lawyer? I've never had a lawyer before so this is all crazy to me.
 

quincy

Senior Member
Yes, sorry I forgot to write that I was renting. And yes, in NYC. They have lawyers involved on their end, so I guess I should get a lawyer? I've never had a lawyer before so this is all crazy to me.
There are landlord/tenant legal aid clinics where you can seek a personal review for low or no cost.
 

PayrollHRGuy

Senior Member
I agee $12K is enough to panic over for anyone. If you can't find a legal aid clinic as quincy suggested you should certainly contact a lawyer. But getting a copy of the contract now may save you some time and money with a lawyer.
 

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