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Can I get a refund on an application fee when the landlord changed the agreed upon rent after accepting my application?

Fort Collins, CO |

The landlord advertised and then verbally told us the monthly rent of the house was $1395 with no additional fees. The lease they sent has the rent at $1445, with $50 off for early payment and a ton of additional fees for parking, pet, and lawn care (which was supposed to be the tenant's duty). They charged a $25 fee per person for the application, which was for a property under different stipulations. Is there any recourse? We will not even consider a lease under the terms they now present.

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Attorney answers 1


You can write them a letter and discuss the possibility of a refund -- mentioning that you may take them to small claims court to deal with their failure to refund your dollars. The problem you will most likely encounter is that you paid an "application fee" -- which presumably has nothing to do with whether or not you rent the place.

Good luck.


In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.