Hi! My husband saw an apartment that he really liked for our family to move into... he didnt want to lose the apartment, so he wrote the landlord a check for $2000 (the amount the landlord told him the rent was). However, when he told me how much the apartment was, I told him that I believed the apartment was for $1800 (I had seen ads)and there must have been so mistake. When my husband brought this up to the landlord he said he never had an apartment for $1800 only the one for $2000 (It is a two family house and the landlord/owner lives in teh 2nd unit). My husband and I decided not to take the apartment after we felt we were being deceived. The landlord however canceled potential renters the night we gave him the deposit and now he wont give us back the deposit because he said he lost out on potential tenants due to fact he held the apartment on good faith that we were going to take it. He said the check represented a verbal agreement to take the apartment. Is this true? Can he do this or can we take him to small claims to get our money back? What is the likelihood we would win the case? Thank you, A.
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