- 3 years ago
So FI and I will be moving about 5 hours south of where we live now for school/work purposes. We aren’t very familiar with the area we will be living in, and we actually chose a place to live from craigslist solely based on pictures the landlord sent us, conversation we had with her, and our gut feeling about the situation. (You might be thinking it’s a scam or that we’re crazy, but we know 100% it’s not a scam, but we could be a little crazy, though we didn’t have much of a choice!)
Anyway, while talking to the landlord before we decided we wanted to rent the place (last week), we told her we wouldn’t be able to move in until the end of July, and we asked if she would be willing to hold the house for us if we decided we wanted it- she said yes, she would hold it using our security deposit. So we decided we liked the place and sent her the deposit of $600 (rent will be $600/mo).
I just got the lease agreement in the mail to be signed and sent back to her. The lease states: “Amount of first month pro-rated rent of $720 to be paid on or before July 26th, 2013” (our move-in date). So she is making us pay rent for the month of July even though we won’t be living there. There was never any mention of this, I specifically asked her if she would be willing to hold the property for us until that date, and she said “yes, with the security deposit”. I suppose I should have been more specific and asked if we would be charged for the month of July, but it honestly never dawned on me since we wouldn’t be living there. We had a similar situation with the house we are currently renting- decided to lease it in March, but couldn’t move in until the beginning of April, they held it for us using the security deposit and we moved in April- so March was rent free since we weren’t living there.
Am I naive for thinking that she meant July would be rent free? Should I bring this up to her and explain what my impression of the situation was in hopes she’ll forget about July’s rent? Is that even a reasonable thing to try to compromise about?