Asked by Unspecified, Westbury, NY • Thu Apr 4, 2013
I found an apartment I like. Small building, 8 apartments. I applied and was approved. I have been asking about the lease for about 2 weeks. Now the broker has requested me to meet with her and the owners tomorrow to hand over 2 checks - 1 security deposit (1 months rent) and 1 broker fee (1 months rent) - to secure my spot in the apartment so that she stops showing it. She said the current tenant just moved out and the owners have not gone in to see and prepare the apartment yet. She explained the owners will then call us when they have a move in date ready and then I can review and sign the lease. I've only rented once before and I was able to do all of this at once. It makes me nervous handing over money before anything is signed or I have even seen if I agree with the lease. I also don't want them to give the apartment to anyone else. Am I being overly cautious or is this process a little off?
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