Apartment Move Gone Wrong, So Now the Nit-Picking Begins

Something happened between the move-in and the emotional leasing office visit that has caused a resident to want to leave what use to be his or her comfortable living space.  But it won't be as easy as he or she might think, a lease was signed.

Stuff happens, people buy things, don't like them and now they want to take them back to the store.  When it comes to apartment shopping, there is no refund policy.  If a tenant didn't take the time to read his or her lease, then he or she just might be disappointed.

Sometimes people move into apartments only to discover that they can't tolerate a certain sound, don't like the people who live next to them, or notice something annoying about the place, but these reasons will not get one out of his or her lease.  The nit-picking will start when a disgruntled resident doesn't feel like the leasing staff is being most accommodating despite every effort being made to bring comfort other than letting the tenant out of the lease.

If you or someone you know seems to be acting badly about his or her rental situation:

1.  Read and re-read the lease and all other documents.

2.  Attempt to get a mediator involved (visit a local housing rights office).

3.  Find out if the lease can be broken if you or the landlord is able to rent it to someone else.

4.  Report to maintenance any items that are not working or request those things be replaced that continue to cause problems.

5.  Note the things you find wrong about the apartment and take pictures.

6.  Check for alternative housing and provide a written notice you would like to end your contract.

Nicholl McGuire also maintains a blog on home organizing, click here.


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