What to do if I was misled about crime in the area of where I was about to rent and now I can’t get back my $160 application fee?

I went to an apartment complex and put down an application fee for a hold on an apartment. I asked about crime and they said (both ladies in the office) that “crime does not have a address here”. I come later to find that there was a murder in front of the place. Shouldn’t it have been my legal right to know this before I signed the lease. I am a single woman and don’t feel safe and now I am out $160 that I didn’t have to begin with.

Asked on January 16, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Indiana

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country the application fee for the unit that you were willing to rent but do not wish to now because of the homicide that was not initally disclosed to you is refundable. I would write the property manager of the need to refund such to you by a certain date. Keep a copy of the letter for future use and need.

If you do not get your $160 by the due date, then small claims court is your recourse.


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