In June, my mother was living with a friend of hers who could no longer afford the rent on her house. It is a huge lovely old home for pretty cheap. We agreed to take over the lease, leaving my mum on there, and adding my husband. The RE refused to do a new lease until the current one was up in December.
My mother's friend was pretty behind in rent for a while, which my mum helped her catch up. When we moved in we immediately caught up further, and kept the rent at 3 weeks in advance. We had had numerous chats with the RE, who were thrilled with our payments and upkeep of the house, indicating that the owner was interested in a longer term lease with us when it came up for renewal.
Come November, we received a notice to leave at the end of the lease period. We were pretty devastated as we loved this home like our own, but after calling the RE to enquire, were told the owners were moving back in. We totally understood this, and began looking for a new place.
We found the perfect house at the end of November, and got approved and moved. The RE had indicated the owners would probably be happy to move in earlier, so we wanted to try to get moved and settled before Christmas.
We have been paying double rent this whole time, and have rang the RE a few times to enquire as to whether we could either break the lease early, or if the owners were still interested in moving back in early. We heard, and got told, nothing. I have stressed to them numerous times we were struggling financially, expecting them to give me some idea of their initial suggestion of the owners moving back earlier...this time of year especially is making paying double rent so tough.
Sooooo...a few days ago I saw the house for rent on the internet!!! The RE is refusing to take our calls, keep saying "we are not available for calls atm". We think they intended the whole time to re rent :/ We could have found people to apply SO quickly, SO many weeks ago. The house is cheap, and LARGE. It would have been snapped up in an instant, saving us so much money. I know from when we were looking that so many families are looking atm, it was crazy. We felt grateful to get the house we did so quickly.
I am fairly certain they didn't want to renew our lease due to the problems with my mothers friend. Unfair, but I do kinda, sorta understand. They have listed the house as immaculate and fully refurbished, when it reality, on the entry report we obtained from my mothers friend, it was filthy and infested with insects and vermin. All the renovations were DIY, and not good at all. Peeling paint, horrendous paint jobs, rotting wood yadda yadda. They keep refusing to talk to us, and keep insisting the owner is moving back in. I'm really nervous they are going to try to screw us over.
Any advice? We really need that bond money back, and this real estate is known for lying and charging for stupid things, only to not even get cleaners through :S
They also have the house listed as available NOW, when we are still paying rent, and our lease expires on December 30th.
ETA: We received mail this week to say there would be two open houses this week for prospective tenants.
Edited by Mareek, 09 December 2012 - 03:47 PM.