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August 15, 2007

Homeless in LA

Wow. Just wow.

As I shared, we found a home in the Pacific Palisades. We applied for it, got approved. She sent the lease.

When I read it, it had some terms I hadn't seen before. For instance, it said that we had to pay for any repair under $150. That seemed odd to me, because it wasn't our house and if we didn't break it, it didn't seem like we should have to fix it. I politely emailed the owner just asking for clarification. (It was written in legalese, and I thought it might have gotten me confused).

She never wrote back. Finally, as a day went back I thought knowing where we were going to live and having that settled is more important, so we just signed the lease, sent a check for the deposit and last month's rent, and thought it was done. I emailed the owner to let her know we had signed it. She responded that was good, she thought we were going to back out over the $150 clause.

Then, 2 days later she said actually she didn't want to rent the house to us. She would return the signed lease and check. It was because I had questioned the lease.

Argh! Now we're flying out on 8/29... and we have no where to live.

Posted by jason on August 15, 2007 01:23 PM


That sucks so bad... i wonder if you have any grounds for a suit against her... not that it matters b/c getting a house is much more important than being right..

i can't believe how flakey people can be. that sucks

Posted by: jaysonjaz on August 15, 2007 10:28 PM

oh snap.


Posted by: Anonymous on August 15, 2007 11:57 PM

Was her signature on the lease when she sent it to you? If so, then it is a legal agreement signed by both parties and you can hold her to it.

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on August 16, 2007 10:15 AM

Posted by: Anonymous on August 16, 2007 11:26 AM

it's LA man. LA corrupts people and makes em horrid. good luck with finding a new place.

Posted by: paul on August 16, 2007 11:32 AM

hey, whats the latest update...

i was speaking with my dad (who is a real estate agent) and he said that as long as the rental agreement was signed by the owner or the agent, then they have no choice but to rent it out to you.. thats a signed agreement. If they won't help you then the next step is to threaten to call the board of realtors for CA...
hopefully that will help

Posted by: jaysonjaz on August 20, 2007 04:04 PM

have you found a place yet?

Posted by: Paul on August 21, 2007 12:49 AM

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