Just because someone else is interested in the rental does not mean they will get it over you!
Since they have not returned your check just yet may be a good sign in your favor.
I would ask them to make a decision, and if they choose the other party over you, your check needs to remain UNCASHED and handed right back over to you!
Best of Luck to You!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Without a written contract, how is a judge to know what the rent is supposed to be, how long the lease is supposed to be, even what the check is supposed to cover?
No contract, no contract.
All the best,
I have been here myself with clients, making an offer and then three other leases come in and the landlord selected another tenant.
Happens all the time.