It's my first time using the service, so please let me know if I type too much, or need more info.
I signed two TAA student housing lease contracts
, first for until August and second from August 2011~2012. They are virtually identical, except for a special provision which seemed to have been cut off and not printed because its length went beyond the scope of textbox on computer.
I had an incident where the maintenance came in to our apartment (living room is communal area, and we sign leases for individual rooms w/ locks), saw dents on my door and ripped it out, replacing it with a door that didn't fully close (but I could lock w/ key). The worst part is that I had no prior notice, nor did he leave a note - my roommate just told me about it afterward.
I felt uncomfortable living here, so after multiple attempts to get me the option of staying or not (they are a new management company from Atlanta, who's been making some improvement) a I finally sit down with a guy (person A) from the office, who prints a paper stating "6/21/11 Due to extenuating circumstances, [me] will not be held to the renewal of his lease contract beginning August 8, 2011 per management." and we both signed it.
Last week I had my car broken in strangely nothing stolen and the 6/21 contract placed on passenger seat), so I decided to call the office to get my 2011~2012 contract voided. The office told me either to find a replacement (and pay "reletting" fee), or go into collection unless I pay the full year's worth. I asked for Person A, and they said he didn't work there anymore, and now I'm back to being stuck again.
I signed the TAA and Austin Apartment Association's Student Housing Lease Contract, with a special provision for the current lease as
"Resident agrees to pay entire lease in full on March 25th, 2011, in order to pick up keys. Must be certified funds. If resident chooses to renew will have to requalify for the apartment or pay entire lease term in full."
The second contract however, only has "Resident must requalify for the apartment or pay entire le" and the rest of it is cut off, probably because it was pushed out of the textbox from an additional provision on electricity bill payment.
My concern now is - what are my options, and what steps do I need to take to get out of this contract? Trying to get straight As so I can get scholarship and lift the burden off my parents' and my back is already enough for me, so I really appreciate your help.