Can my landlord make me pay a full months rent if I only stayed for 2 week?
5 attorney answers
Read the terms of your lease. It is very possible it started on August 1, despite your movie in date. See if you can negotiate with your landlord and offer half month payment for August but you might not have much leg to stand on and your landlord may not be sympathetic or motivated to agree with you.
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Where do you go to school? Most of the major universities offer free student legal services to students. UIC for instance, has a special clinic with an attorney on staff for issues just like this. Ask around and go to your student services center. Chances are you already have access to a lawyer that can help.
You should have an attorney look at your lease for you. Especially if your apartment is governed by the RLTO, you may have legal rights which would allow you to force the landlord to do the correct thing. Many law firms and attorneys, including me, offer free initial consultations and often handle these types of cases on a contingency fee basis.
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What date does your lease indicate that the lease began? The lease doesn't begin on the date you move in, unless that is what is indicated on the lease.
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Yes the first month is for August and it does not matter that you did not move in until you arrived on campus August 21. Having done this many times for others, I know that you could have insisted to move in August 1, but college students usually are up to other things in early August besides thinking of college.