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My roommates and I have been desperately searching for the right house and we finally found it. We met with the owner, filled out the lease, and told him we'd be back by 4:00 with the checks

...(1st month and deposit). He said "Great - it's yours" but when we came back at 4:00, he told us he had bad news - someone else saw it in between and signed a lease and gave him checks for $100 more and he said it's not available. We're crushed, this house was perfect - is there anything we can do?
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i look at it this way, would you want to be contracted in any way with this type of individual? no way!!! sounds like a dirtbag and youre lucky you found that out before you were stuck with him and his shady dealings...
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I am sorry as well, the same thing just happend to us. The only diffrence is We picked up are whole family from another state for a Job transfer for my husband when we got to the place to unload we where told sorry but we decided to sale it instead. So for the past week we have been staying in a hotel trying to find a place. I agree I think it's pretty crapy that people do things like this!
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This is a pretty unfortunate situation, but I think that you may be out of luck.

While you did sign the lease, you didn't fulfill all the items necessary to have fulfilled the effective delivery of the lease - ie the checks. Since the next group to come in DID present the landlord with all the necessary components to renting the apartment, they would be entitled to the apartment.

Had you given the property management the check though (even if he had not deposited it yet), the apartment would have been yours, even if someone came in with a higher offer.

There are a couple of things to remember to always bring to an open house and that includes your checkbook so that you can "win" the lease immediately. (I've learned from a number of years of renting that you have to be aggressive when you see what you want in a tight market) Here are some more tips for what to bring to an open house- http://hotpads.com/sites/rentersGuide/searching/openHouses/what-to-bring-to-an-open-house

Good luck! I'm sure you'll find an even more perfect place soon
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Always rent from a reputable management company would be my suggestion. I would like to know the name of the owner that did this to you where I can be sure NOT to ever use them.
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Hi Colin

I know your situation well. I'm a rental agent in Boston, and as you know, renting is different out here than anywhere. Apartments get rented extremely fast here, and I've seen this happen dozens of times. It helps to have a good agent with access to many good listings in your area. Give me a call or email and I'll see if I can find you something better.

Nick Luongo
Gateway real estate
nluongo@gatewayreg.com
401.569.9175
Rental Housing Professional
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