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.


Calling all renters...Please chime in with your thoughts and wisdom.

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