to my knowledge the apt 4 is still under lease with another tenant that wasnt supposed to end until august. He is still under contract with another tenant.
he had stated july 1st for my lease and i notified him on june 16th that i was no longer going to live there.
What you are describing appears to be a straight fraud. The landlord can't lease a property in July, if the lease doesn't end until August. You could sue the landlord in small claims court to recover your money -- but, you may actually be able to engage local law enforcement. The police/sheriff aren't usually particularly receptive to small-time white collar crimes, but if the proof is clear, then they may be willing to investigate, and that investigation may cause the landlord to return your money, rather than risk a charge of false pretenses (criminal fraud). Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
That helps. However, do I just explain to the local police officer what happened and he should look into it? It is a very small town.
if the police dont look into it, how do i go about small claims court and is it worth it for the amount of the rent?
i am located in Illinois in Vermillion County. (that's where this took place)
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