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moving to a school while on waitlists

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mrhealth, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. mrhealth

    mrhealth Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Just a quick question. I am getting ready to move to a school across the country that will start in August. I have not set living arrangements yet. I am on waitlists for schools in other parts of the country that I would love to get into.

    My question is: how do you setup living arrangements when there is a chance to get pulled off a waitlist even a week before classes start? I am not planning or relying on getting off a waitlist, but what do people do with a lease when they get pulled off a waitlist in another city?
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  3. Daydreamer2008

    Daydreamer2008 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    you break the lease and risk not having your deposit returned to you.
  4. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    There's a good chance that if you are willing to sacrifice the entire down payment you made when you signed the lease, that the landlord will be willing to advertise for a new renter. If you can find someone to sublease, or take over the lease you might be able to walk away with the entire deposit. Worst case scenario: you are legally liable for the rent each month for the next year, regardless of where you reside, if the landlord chooses to enforce the lease agreement you signed.
  5. mrhealth

    mrhealth Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Are you not liable for all the rent for a year? I guess I could just try to find a month-to-month lease.
  6. AquaDoc

    AquaDoc 5+ Year Member

    May 17, 2008
    Technically you are, but the landlord is also under a duty to mitigate his damages. So if he finds a renter (which is almost always likely), you can't be held responsible for the loss since he didn't incur any. There are a lot of state specific laws, but this is the little bit of the general rule I remember from contract law.

    My advice - find a roommate on craigslist and avoid the headache. Good luck to you on the waitlist though!

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