Bauer Property Management Complaint - Lease agreements
DICKINSON, NORTH DAKOTA -- I recently moved from Dickinson, ND. My problem is my landlord in Dickinson refuses to give me all my deposit back because he said I broke my lease.
Here is the facts:
I signed a lease with Bauer Property Management on February 1, 2008 for six months which would have been until July 31, 2008. On approximately June 15, 2008 I gave Bauer Property Management a notice of intent to vacate the apartment for July 31, 2008. I dated the intent to vacate letter June 29, 2008 to comply with their 30 day rule for notice. At the bottom of the notice I hand wrote a note saying that I would physically be moved out of the apartment by June 27, 2008 but will pay rent until July 31 if I had to. I also stated that if he wanted to rent the apartment early he could do so. (I had met [snip] at the apartment around June 6, 2008 and asked him what the procedures would be and if I would be able to save paying rent in July if I permitted him to rent the apartment early and he said it would; he just said to put that note at the bottom of the Intent to vacate notice.
[snip] called me around June 26, 2008 and stated that he had rented the apartment and that the new tenant would be moving in on June 27th at 5PM and asked if I would be out by then. I stated yes and made sure I had fully complied to the vacation process (apartment cleaned, carpets shampooed, etc).
My deposit was Five hundred dollars and he returned to me one hundred of it with a notice that I broke my lease and the four hundred was a penalty for breaking the lease.
I feel I did not break the lease by stating in the notice of intent to vacate the apartment that my intent was for July 31, 2008 which was a total of six months and was in total compliance to their guidelines.