An apartment complex made me sign a lease before I moved in and needed a cosigner my cosigner was not approved but they are still holding me responsible for the lease, even though I can't move in, because I "signed the lease". They're saying because I agreed to have a cosigner with their requirements in the lease that I'm still responsible for the apt even though they did not approve the cosigner. Is this legal? What can I do
All a cosigner does is provide someone that the landlord can go to if you don't pay your rent etc. That doesn't release YOU from your obligations, all it does is provide another level of security for the landlord. You're still bound by the lease.
OP says he can't even move in to the apartment. He is under NO Obligation to any lease if he can't even move in.
OP, tell this guy to either let you move in or go fuck himself. You don't owe him SHIT if you don't live in the apartment.
Tell him that you'll find another co-signer, they will check it that day and approve it, and if they don't, they can go fuck themselves until that happens. Additionally, you'll be going to whatever authority you can report them to to investigate fraud as you believe they are trying to make you pay rent without letting you into the apartment and you want to make sure they aren't trying to pull this scheme with anyone else.
First, I'd say sit down and talk with their representative in a civil and reasonable manner.
Second, if that doesn't work, tell them to fuck off and find somewhere else.
Third, if you're still being held, try to contact a city social worker, they usually have a housing department, and deal with renter's issues a lot.
Fourth, if they're really pushing you still, lawyer up. 4chan is not a lawyer.
Also, if they say, "yeah, you're off the hook" or anything substantive, get it in writing and have them sign it. That would constitute a legally binding contract even if you scrawl it on a notepad. Date it and make sure everything is in ink, not pencil.
I find another place to live already one that isn't trying to fuck me, it's fucked up because I didn't get any notice really of them even trying to collect first month's rent, they just sent me to collections.
What's this about a social worker? I asked a lawyer and he said talk to the supervisors like you said and if not come back to him
>they just sent me to collections
Holy fuck, really? You need to dispute that shit right away and maybe even call a lawyer.
If I were you, I would be on the phone RIGHT NOW with that asshole giving him a piece of my mind.
What he's doing sounds fraudulent to me. You don't owe him shit if you never even moved in. And he's defrauding the collections agency as well by selling them fake debt. Fuck this guy.
The lease contract, in essence, says (a) you agree to lease the place, (b) they let you in on mm/dd/yy and (c) you pay rent.
If they have not lived up to their part of the contract, then they have violated the contract.
Send them a certified letter stating that they have not allowed possession of the apartment per the lease and therefore have violated the lease agreement and that they have five days to remedy the violation or you consider the lease voided.