They gave me the wrong view

gooseman271December 6, 2006

I requested an apartment that had a view of the woods, and that is what the leasing consultant told me I would be getting. I signed my lease today and went to go check out my place only to find out that it was a view of the parking lot, the one thing I did not want. However, I didn't mind it that much. QUESTION: Do you think I can get them to give me some kind of compensation for misleading me? Even after I signed the lease? Like a price cut on the rent? Or free covered parking? Or will they just tell me I should of looked at the place before I signed?

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over_n_under

If you had a lease that specified the view and they could not give it to you, you would have a reason for cause. But you already signed the lease. It is will be very difficult (if not impossible) to attempt to get anything out of this situation. I expect the last sentence of your message will prevail here.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2006 at 1:30PM
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adellabedella_usa

I'd go back and ask for the other view. They can still say "no", but at least you tried.

I got an apartment one time that was really dark. The apartment I had previously been shown was really light. I went back and explained that I really wanted an apartment with more sunlight. They let me switch. I think I had to wait a few extra days. It all worked out.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2006 at 2:03PM
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dreamgarden

Never rent before seeing what the place looks like.

Someone's word is as good as the piece of paper it is written on. Unless you had a witness or the request is specifically written in the lease, you might have to stay put. Was anyone else around when you spoke to the leasing consultant? When I lived in apt's. I always brought a buddy to look too, so if there were anything wrong, I had a witness. If there is a unit available that overlooks the woods, act now before they rent it. You can always have a friend call up pretending to look. This will tell you if the leasing consultant is being honest.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2006 at 7:34PM
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patti43

Hey Gooseman--what happened? Did you ask them about changing? Please let us all know.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 7:20PM
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gooseman271

So apparently the site map had the apartment pointing in the wrong direction. Out of all the apartments it was the only one with the error. They have a 30 day satisfaction period and my situation was applicable. They were nice enough to switch me to another apartment which lucky for me has a lower price. It is taking them a few days to switch me though. They will credit what I already paid and I will sign a new lease this weekend. Seems like it's going to work out though. They also told me that they ordered new maps to be made.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2006 at 2:24AM
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dreamgarden

Awesome!! I have no idea if you are a student or not, but here is a link with a checklist of things to look for just to make sure things work out down the road and that you will not have any problems getting your deposit back.
www.uottawa.ca/students/housing/OCH/cklist.html

Good luck with your new place!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2006 at 10:57AM
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