Good Questions: What to Do About Rental Agreement?

Good Questions: What to Do About Rental Agreement?

Heather Blaha
Jul 24, 2007
Dear AT, I have a huge apartment problem and I'm hoping someone here has advice or can commiserate. Several months ago I started apartment hunting (for a rental) after seeing quite a few horrible ones and a few passable ones I found the perfect one. It had hardwood floors, was a nice size, in good shape, had a living room, dining room, large kitchen, good windows, two pantries, three closets two that were walk-in. There were even built in drawers in the closet and a built in bar. To top it off, it was in a fantastic location and within budget, basically perfect...
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I just went to see the apartment for the first time, and am moving in before anyone will read this post. They have completely changed the floor plan. They added a hallway, took out all the closets and built-ins. They made the kitchen smaller, erased the utility closet, and destroyed the entryway. There is no longer an entry closet for coats and the bedroom walk-in closet is now a 2' x 2' cubby hole. All the rooms were made smaller because of the hallway. I could go on and on about how much I do not like the new layout but there are more important details. My question now is, what can I do? Are they legally even allowed to change the floor plan after I signed the lease without consulting me first? I cannot see myself living in this apartment but am tied into moving. Any knowledge of proceedings would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Aurora Calling all renters...Please chime in with your thoughts and wisdom.
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