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New owners of apartment ruining our lives *update/thanks everyone*
We have lived at this apartment for three years and are looking to resign our lease as it is up on May 27th. Under the previous owners, we have been paying $504 a month, with the only utility we are responsible for paying being Electricity.
We called the office and spoke with someone who confirmed that those numbers are accurate and that it is the current rate for our type of unit.
We were told that a new resident would be able to get this monthly rate but that we would not be able to. We also spoke with the manager Jose last night and asked if our rent could be lowered due to the change in utilities, and he refused.
I would love to be able to resign, however, I feel that it is only fair that we are able to sign a lease in the amount of $450, as that is the maximum rate for our type of unit.
It doesn't make any sense as to why a new resident would be able to get an apartment at this rental amount but that we would be unable to, given our positive rental history there and that the base amount of rent should decrease due to the new policy of having to pay separately for utilities.
Also, when asked if we could switch apartments last week they told us that we could switch to the same type of apartment and get the new rate. Well when I went in today they said that they couldn't do that and gave me a print out saying this:
It doesn't say that we can't transfer to an apartment or the same size right? They are trying to tell me we have to go into a larger apartment which defeats the purpose.
Are we just helpless? Is there anything we can do? What are our rights?