I am currently going through rapid reality to rent an apartment. We found a studio for 1300, put a good faith deposit down, which we were told takes it off the market. We submitted paperwork, and were approved. A day later, our agent calls us and says the same apartment we were approved for was shown and the party offered $100 more a month. Now, the management company for the building is telling us we need to pay $1400 a month, or the other party will get the apartment. Is this a breach of a verbal agreement, since we were told we were approved?
Real Estate Attorney
You are in a classic bidding war. Until a contract (lease) is signed by both sides and delivered back to you with the keys it is not binding.
This e-mail may contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail and delete this e-mail and all copies and attachments. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. IRS Circular 230 Notice: Unless specifically stated otherwise, any tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. Unless specifically stated otherwise, this communication shall not be deemed to be legal or tax advice, and no attorney-client relationship shall be deemed to have been created.
4 lawyers agree
Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
Dear Prospective Tenant:
A verbal agreement to agree to a lease is not a promise that may be enforced in a New York court, but you do not have a verbal agreement if you have a written hold signed by you and by the real estate agent and you paid money for this.
You have to examine your written agreement and check for the promise made to you about holding the apartment at the stated rent, contingent only, on your passing your credit review.
If the broker broke a written agreement you have a right to file a complaint. But Small Claims Court cannot do anything for you other than recover your hold deposit and it is not likely that you will decide to bring on a lawsuit for specific performance.
The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.
3 lawyers agree
Criminal Defense Attorney
Review the documents with an attorney.
If you found this "helpful" or "best answer," please click it with my appreciation. My response is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice nor creates an attorney client relationship which requires all the details and a personal conference.
1 lawyer agrees