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Why did you pay rent when you hadn't moved in and when that party was not giving you a place to live in? How much rent did you pay?
This doesn't make any sense.
First they owe you the money as you never were permitted to move in.
Second your tenancy agreement (which they breached) is not with their landlord. It is with them. They are your landlord or were supposed to be.
I suggest you try and nip this in the bud by paying a lawyer to send them a letter demanding the return of the $4500 by a deadline that you set and threatening a lawsuit.
You can sue them in Small Claims Court and can self-represent but paying a lawyer to do the letter is the best thing for you to do.
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