Lease Agreement

I recently got a call from an apartment complex in Tampa, FL about
missing rent for the month of August 2018 that I was unaware of. About a
month or so ago, I went to view the apartment complex and I don’t remember
signing a lease. The property manager said that I signed what I now know
was a lease agreement. I never received a copy of the lease, keys, car
entry bade, I don’t even know what apartment I was suppose to get. I never
received any communication from this complex until the other day via phone
call. I went to the complex and told them I don’t know anything about
signing a lease, they said I signed one electronically so I asked them for
a copy and they told me they could not give me one because their systems
were down, I asked them 2 more times and received the same response. They
said I could see my lease on their website portal, had me create a login
and when I tried to login, I got an error message stating I needed to
speak with an administrator. They are telling me that I need to pay all
these fees and I don’t think that I should. How can I get out of this
mess?

Asked on August 29, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Oh boy.  Sounds like a scam.  I would report these people to every agency you can in the state: Attorney General, Board of Realtors - whomever will allow you to file.  I would tell them you never signed anything electronically or otherwise and that you did not enter in to a lease agreement.  They may sue you and if they do they will have to produce the lease.  When they do I am sure that they are in breach since you never got keys or notice of anything.  But the key here is having the lease.  It may help you to have a lawyer review this and send a letter on a flat rate basis on your behalf.  Good luck.


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