And I cannot remember the last time I've felt so livid.
Me and a few other friends needed a good place to lease near work, so we roomed up together. Months before finding anywhere specific, we decided we wanted a dog. So, that narrowed places down to like, 3 choices, 2 of which were awfully kept. So, we arranged multiple meetings with our leaser, and every time we asked about the pet policy. Now, here's where I screwed up. Because the policy had been explained to me in depth multiple times, I didn't really read the section on pets. And now I'm kicking myself for it.
The cragslist ad said pets were allowed. The leaser explained the policy multiple times. The previous tenants HAD A CAT. BUT, apparently the lease says no pets allowed.
I emailed the company (not the leaser, as I was instructed) for a list of banned dogs to double check. After waiting 5 days, I just get an email that basically says, yeah you don't get pets, have a nice day. I text our leaser, who forwards me to some other random guy. He, at least, gets back to me promptly, but says the same thing. I tell him the above. He then sends me a screenshot of the section on pets; nothing else. I haven't heard from him since.
Granted, I haven't texted my leaser again yet. Maybe she just legitimately didn't know the policy changed, and would be willing to come to a written agreement with me, which, as stated in the lease, can override it. And I know this is mostly my fault for not reading every square inch of that lease, but I can't help but feel a little used... especially after the leaser insisted we do the signing meeting as quickly as possible because she had kids to go home to or whatever she said, AFTER SHE SCREWED UP THE MEETING LOCATION. Also didn't give us a copy till we moved in. "Yeah, we don't give out copies to tenants until move in day." Bullshit, pretty sure it's law that I have access to it, but I was so frustrated that day and didn't push.
Sorry for that. TL;DR: Read the fine print. Landlords are either incompetent or deceitful until proven otherwise.
EDIT: I've looked this post over, but please tell me if I accidentally gave any specifics on people. Would rather not publicly condemn these guys... I've tried to be as courteous as possible, but damn I needed to vent.