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Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.Please bear with me a few moments while I review your question, conduct and prepare your response.
You can argue there was rent due as you state for May.The problem here is that there wasn't a signed lease.Until you have that it is very hard to prevail in court if challenged.You have to decide whether you want to take your chances or not.You may want to try and negotiate here , how about splitting the $1k and no lawyer fees. You have not been held liable not at all sure you owe lawyer fees.But negotiating is a good strategy, it covers part of your loss and it resolve it.Honestly if they sue you here in small claims the jp would have to decide whether you have a month to month without a lease here since there was communication and whether the property was ready on the 1st as advertised.
Thats as specific as I can be here.Sometimes it comes down to the mood of the jp who usually isn't a lawyer here in Texas.
It comes down to the facts here in total and the jp applying them.Try for the split of the $1k--$500 no lawyer fees.
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