I wanted to rent an apartment in Portland, Or. On October 2, I responded to an ad on Craigslist for an apartment which was to be available mid October. After waiting at least an half hour past the agreed upon appointment, I was told the unit had already been rented, but another unit was to be available the beginning of November "if I was able to wait". Since I was, and found the building location to be desirable, I filled out an application, and paid the manager the application fee, plus $735.00 for a 'refundable deposit".
Five days later, I called and asked if I had been approved. I was told by that manager that they were waiting 'employment verification'. I called her several times after that, to give her additional information, including the application for my roomate. She never returned any calls. I still do not know if I have been approved for the apartment.
Late in the evening of October 18, I became aware that my potential roommate would not be able to move in with me. I can not afford the unit by myself, and do not wish to live with a stranger. 9:30 the following morning, I called and left an extremely detailed message explaining that I was unable to move inat this time. Am I entitled to my full deposit back?
The rental market in the area is extremely tight, and I know that this unit could be rented to someone else, without any loss of income. The unit will not be available to move into until November 9; 22 days after I gave notice that I would not be moving in.
Thank you for your help.