Can a govenment subsidized apartment force me to sign an affidavit concerning my bank statments?

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Can a govenment subsidized apartment force me to sign an affidavit concerning my bank statments?

I withdrew a large amount of money to pay bills 2 months prior to seeking an apartment. I applied at an apartment and the leasing agent requested 6 months of bank statements. Seven months later the leasing agent informs me that the apartments are government subsidized and I am required to explain via affidavit how I obtained the monies listed on my bank statements and the current location of this money. Is this a legal request considering I pay full rent with no discounts?

Asked on September 3, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Texas

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you are not receiving any government subsidy for the amount of rent that you are presently paying for your rented unit, I see no reason why you should be required to submit documentation to your leasing agent regarding how you obtained the monies listed in the bank statements that your provided.

The only exception would be if your written lease that you signed with your landlord required such in that the written agreement typically controls the obligations you owe the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law.

If you do not want to provide the requested information to your leasing agent, you need to ask him or her the reasons and basis for the request and a written explanation so you can make your final decision.

Good luck.


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