The lease on our apartment expires on May 31, and we will be vacating. The building manager just told me that even though we paid last month's rent in advance, we still needed to pay rent as usual for May, and we would be refunded the $ that was paid for last month's rent.
My question is -- can they do that? If we paid last month's rent in advance, I would think that we wouldn't have to write that check for the last month.
The rental agreement lists all the deposits and non-refundable fees we paid, at at the bottom, in a section called "Special Lease Provisions and Disclosures" it says "Last month's rent from previous apartment will be transferred to current lease."
What happened is that we lived in another apartment in the same complex, and transferred to a new apartment and signed a new lease. At that time, the last month's rent that was paid on the old apartment was supposed to be transferred to the new one.
It doesn't say that the amount paid was a deposit, but I also don't know if Washington State law treats last month rent pre-payments as deposits.
So can anyone help me find out if per Washington law they can legally have us pay rent for May and then refund us the last month's rent we already paid (after we move out)?