You should have been notified about the application process when you were first shown the apartment and the lease should have been subject to your co-op board approval. That application should have been submitted to the co-op before you moved in. Also, the agent that showed you the apartment and collected that fee should have had you sign an agency disclosure form and a lead based paint disclosure form, if the agent failed to do this, they broke the law.
If you are already living in the place and signed a lease with the property owner, there is a legal obligation there. Even if the co-op does not approve you, they can't just throw you out. You have rights and this is why you need to speak to an attorney asap, especially if you have further problems.
On the bright side, maybe the co-op board will approve you and it will all be a moot point. Good luck!
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales/ e-Pro Realtor
Fillmore Real Estate
Office: (718) 252-2000/ Cell: (917) 805-0783
There are usually fees associated with completing an application for rentals. This information should have been disclosed to you when you showed interest in renting the apartment if not when ou first made contact with the listing agent or renting agent.
Before you fill out any application find out what the income requirements are, if any. If I were in your position I would go directly back to the landlord and agents for them to put forth the money for the application fees. I am sure that their local board of Realtors would not be too happy that they did not disclose this information to you.