Shady real estate agent claiming a lease is commonly not available until 1 month after move-in, ground to sue?

We have been dealing with this shady real estate agent (he’s paid for by the owner). When he first emailed us the lease, we realized that the move-in dates on the lease and the dates on some of the rental raiders were wrong and the rental concession raider for the 1st-month rent free was missing. When we asked him to rectify all that, he said on the phone “You guys need to be understanding, the world does not revolve around you”. At that time, we already felt that this person is really shady but we really liked the apartment so continued on with this agent and deal.

We printed out two copies of lease and raiders (nearly 40 pages), signed them, and initialed all of the pages (as requested). On the lease, the move-in date was 7/15/22-6/30/23 with rental concession for 6/15/22-7/14/22. He asked that our signatures of the lease to be notarized because we are signing them out-of-state. The notary could only notarize the signature of the guarantor but not ours because the lease itself did not have the legal statements preparing for the notarization of the tenant’s signatures. When we put him on the phone with the notary, he repeatedly asked the notary to write those legal statements and then notarize them even though the notary made it clear it would be illegal for him to do so. He gave up and said we can just return the signed copies.

We delivered the 80 pages of documents in person in late April. A few days later, he wanted to re-negotiate the move-in date to 6/1 (originally 6/15), stating that they do not wish to have the apartment empty for too long. We decided to continue with the updated move-in date. However, my bf would soon be out of the country and unable to sign the new updated lease. I communicated with him a week before our supposed meet-up day at his office to sign the new lease. An hour before our meet-up time, he said that they do not open on weekends and asked if I set up a time with anyone in his office. I told him, no, and he set up his assistant to help me. When I arrived, he handed me a new first page of the lease with the dates changed to 7/1/22-6/30/23 and a raider regarding rent-stabilization, but no rental concession for 6/1/22-6/30/22. When I called him about none of our documents actually reflecting 6/1/22 as our move-in date, he said “You are being rude and I don’t want to hang up on you”. So I proceeded to tell him and his associate that this is unprofessional and that if I don’t have the concession soon, I would be leaving and we would not sign this apartment. The concession was quickly printed and I signed those papers, took photos of them, and left.

Today, on our supposed move-in date, he wanted my bf to be at the apartment to sign the new lease as his signature was missing. He didn’t show. We texted him about the missing AC (as promised prior to any of the lease) and the lack of an actual lease today, we would like to go back to the move-in date of 6/15/22. He called us telling us that it’s commonplace to not receive the lease until 1 month after move-in, and that we were being unreasonable and treating him as a slave to have all the documents ready. I am and have been, ever since knowing this human being, furious. Is this ground to sue? Is it ground to sue (small claim court)? If not, to which government agency can I file a complaint? This property is in NYC. I’m not here out to sue him for money. I just think this is an undignified way to make a living and don’t want people like this to be allowed to continue this way. Hindsight 20/20, this person was repeatedly complained on Yelp, I should’ve scouted.

TL;DR shady NYC real estate agent re-negotiated the move-in date after we signed, made a botched up lease for us to sign, and then claimed that the lease is normally not available until 1 month after move-in

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We have been dealing with this shady real estate agent (he’s paid for by the owner). When he first emailed us the lease, we realized that the move-in dates on the lease and the dates on some of the rental raiders were wrong and the rental concession raider for the 1st-month rent free was missing. When we asked him to rectify all that, he said on the phone “You guys need to be understanding, the world does not revolve around you”. At that time, we already felt that this person is really shady but we really liked the apartment so continued on with this agent and deal. We printed out two copies of lease and raiders (nearly 40 pages), signed them, and initialed all of the pages (as requested). On the lease, the move-in date was 7/15/22-6/30/23 with rental concession for 6/15/22-7/14/22. He asked that our signatures of the lease to be notarized because we are signing them out-of-state. The notary could only notarize the signature of the guarantor but not ours because the lease itself did not have the legal statements preparing for the notarization of the tenant’s signatures. When we put him on the phone with the notary, he repeatedly asked the notary to write those legal statements and then notarize them even though the notary made it clear it would be illegal for him to do so. He gave up and said we can just return the signed copies. We delivered the 80 pages of documents in person in late April. A few days later, he wanted to re-negotiate the move-in date to 6/1 (originally 6/15), stating that they do not wish to have the apartment empty for too long. We decided to continue with the updated move-in date. However, my bf would soon be out of the country and unable to sign the new updated lease. I communicated with him a week before our supposed meet-up day at his office to sign the new lease. An hour before our meet-up time, he said that they do not open on weekends and asked if I set up a time with anyone in his office. I told him, no, and he set up his assistant to help me. When I arrived, he handed me a new first page of the lease with the dates changed to 7/1/22-6/30/23 and a raider regarding rent-stabilization, but no rental concession for 6/1/22-6/30/22. When I called him about none of our documents actually reflecting 6/1/22 as our move-in date, he said “You are being rude and I don’t want to hang up on you”. So I proceeded to tell him and his associate that this is unprofessional and that if I don’t have the concession soon, I would be leaving and we would not sign this apartment. The concession was quickly printed and I signed those papers, took photos of them, and left. Today, on our supposed move-in date, he wanted my bf to be at the apartment to sign the new lease as his signature was missing. He didn’t show. We texted him about the missing AC (as promised prior to any of the lease) and the lack of an actual lease today, we would like to go back to the move-in date of 6/15/22. He called us telling us that it’s commonplace to not receive the lease until 1 month after move-in, and that we were being unreasonable and treating him as a slave to have all the documents ready. I am and have been, ever since knowing this human being, furious. Is this ground to sue? Is it ground to sue (small claim court)? If not, to which government agency can I file a complaint? This property is in NYC. I’m not here out to sue him for money. I just think this is an undignified way to make a living and don’t want people like this to be allowed to continue this way. Hindsight 20/20, this person was repeatedly complained on Yelp, I should’ve scouted. TL;DR shady NYC real estate agent re-negotiated the move-in date after we signed, made a botched up lease for us to sign, and then claimed that the lease is normally not available until 1 month after move-in submitted by /u/Ok_Lime5412 [link] [comments]

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