My son gave a potential landlord $800. A lease was never signed and he decided not to move in. She gave them a receipt but nothing else. Now she says she isn't giving any of the money back they gave her the money on 2/24/17 they notified her they had changed their mind on 2/28/17. They weren't going to be able to move in until 3/1/17 as the home wasn't ready. They signed nothing and all they received from the potential landlord was a receipt for the$800. Is that legal in SC??? Can she legally keep the money???
Well, maybe, yeah. A contract can also be verbal. They agreed to rent the place, and so she was obligated to refuse other potential renters. Once you are a tenant, the law requires a certain amount of notice to terminate the lease. Four days is not enough. Is it fair? Depends on your perspective.
They can always sue her for it and see if a court believe that their notice was enough to justify a return of all or part of the money. But unless there was more that one or the other of them ad to do to complete the agreement, your son is the one breaking the deal.
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