The guy we dealt with tried to be buddy buddy with us…saying things like “a washer in the kitchen? That’s clutch!”.. and telling us how awesome our school was because his wife graduated from there too (although he couldn’t quite recall her major).
He whisked us away (myself and 1 other roomie.. the other one was out of the country) in his sports car and showed us a couple of apartments.
One was pretty shady but in our price range. Then he skillfully showed us an apartment out of our price range that he knew we would fall for.
My roommate and I left town for the summer after signing leases and that’s when the issues started.
First, he said it would be okay that only two of us were signing the lease.
Then he changed his mind and asked for the third roommate to sign it, after we had both left town.
So we overnight-ed the lease to our respective states and then to our roommate that was in another country.
We ended up signing at least 4 leases, had to cancel checks made out to the wrong apartments, and at the end of the summer we had no idea where we were living or if we had an apartment at all.
He said we weren’t fast enough in signing contracts, which was a lie since we were overnight-ing the leases. He got a fee (about $2500) and he pretty much made our life hell.
We did manage to get an apartment in the building we looked at. It took us forever to get the keys on the day we moved in (mind you we had rental cars/regular cars that police were asking us to move).
He did get the building to knock off a couple hundred for our troubles.. so that’s the one star.
I feel a Hulk-like anger when I walk by the office and so I always cross the street… after giving it the double middle finger.
NOTE: Apologies goes out to the valet guys that were there one night. Those fingers weren’t directed towards you!
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