I guess I'm finding misleading ads really frustrating because I'm in the process of trying to move and it takes time and energy and then the tenants mention weird conditions or important information that should have been in the original advert.
I haer you. when I was looking for my first apt, I decided I needed to find a roommate situation. First one, would have been simply the bedroom, and the woman there said her BF would be there quite a bit. Sorry, no thank you.
The second was the best though; great location, right in the town wehre I worked, 10 minutes from my parents, etc. right in the cute downtown area. So i call in response to her ad, we agree to meet at the apt (previuos tenants were not out yet but were fine with letting her show it to me) she had already signed the lease and whatnot and was looking for someone to share.
First red flag: she had cats, which wasn't the issue. Issues was she said she spent most weekends with her BF, so she might ask me to feed them, or have someone come in to do it. Um, once in a blue moon, fine, but not every wekeend, nor do I want someone I don't know coming in to do so.
Second red flag, and the reason I chose to decline: She told me the rent was x dollars, so split would be half. Apt came with one parking spot in back; if I wanted that, $10 more a month. which for the area, was more than reasonable. She then let it slip the rent was actually much less than she had told me, but since she paid a broker $1200 to find her the place, she was charging more to recoup that money.
OH NO. sorry, but the fact you made the decision to use a broker to find you the apt, and THEN looked for a roommate, no sorry, the cost is on you. And she wasn't up front about it either. It came out in conversation. Thankfully it did, since i would ahve been VERY upset had I decided to move in, and later found out the extra $90 or so a month was going to her for that.