(Closed) Potential landlord backed out, 2 months before I'm homeless

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
3442 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t know…..we moved to a new city and it was impossible to get landlord to call us back before 1 month before we wanted to move in. It was impossible to sign a lease more than a month before we were ready to move in. I do live in a landlord’s market, though. Even in my old city, I always found a new place within 1 month out.

 I don’t think you would have been able to convince the flakey landlord to change his mind. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a new place ASAP!

Post # 3
341 posts
Helper bee

liaeona:  You have enough time to find a place to live! Just look at a lot of places in a few days and try to lock it down ASAP once you find a place that is suitable for you. I’m sorry that you’re going through this!

Post # 4
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ugh I feel for you. It’s so awkward for your Fiance since it’s a coworker, but…this coworker screwed you guys over. That’s why (like you said) I would never rent from a friend/coworker. 🙁

I don’t know if there’s anything you guys can do legally since you haven’t signed the lease. At this point if I were you, I would be in fix it mode (find anything we can). Are there any places that will do month to month or even short term/termporary leases while you look for another place?

I’m not in real estate so other people might have better advice, but I just wanted to say sorry you’re going through this. That is SUPER stressful.

Post # 5
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It sucks that the friend backed out like that. It’s too bad there wasn’t a signed contract. Fortunately, I think you still have a reasonable amount of time to look for a new place. I doubt you’ll be homeless! Maybe you’ll find a home even better than your friend’s house!

Post # 7
723 posts
Busy bee

liaeona:  Can you ask Fiance to find his top 3 choice by xx date and you can choose from that afterwards? That way both have voice in this.

Post # 8
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

liaeona:  Where do you live?  In Chicago (where I am) you can’t even look at places most of the time until the month before because people only have to give 30 days notice if they’re not renewing a lease.  So it would be pointless to even try until the month before you want to move in.

Post # 9
697 posts
Busy bee

Wow I’d be angry too! What an asshole (the friend not your FI) but bee, don’t worry you still have time to find a place! So even though I could totally pitch you some good tent recommendations (hehe see what I did there? Just couldn’t pass up the pun, okay I’m sorry I’ll stop!) considering I work for an outdoor/sporting goods company, I’m gonna hold off because I’m sure you two will figure something out! 🙂

Post # 10
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

Fiance isn’t as upset as I am and doesn’t seem to see this as a big deal.

Because it isn’t? Two months is more than enough time to find a new place. 


Post # 11
8620 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

liaeona:  I would be livid too! Here in Boston it’s a huge pain in the butt to find an apartment that isn’t a September 1st move in so your situation would freak me out. HOWEVER, take a deep breath and tell your fiance he needs to compromise on price or location since you already did it his way once and you got screwed. Good luck Bee! 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  LilliV.
Post # 12
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

liaeona:  if the friend/potential landlord was considering selling, you are much better off with him making that decision now, rather than after you had moved in. Would you have wanted to deal with realtors and potential buyer touring your home? 

I rented many many apartments in different cities/states. 2 months is the absolute earliest you can start looking. 

The only real, serious issue I see here is that you and your fiancé don’t appear to be on the same page about what you are looking for in a home. Based on this, and some of your previous posts he sounds stubborn and unwilling to compromise. IMO this is what you should be concerned about. 

Post # 13
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Ummm…2 months is more than enough time to find a rental property.

But then again, I live in new york.

Post # 14
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

2 months sounds like a reasonable amount of time to find a place. It’s a bummer you have to start house hunting again but it wouldn’t bother me that much if I were in our situation. Where I’m at most places work on 30 day notice so they don’t even know what apartments will be available more than a month out unless the residents choose to give more time. 

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