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My apartment building has both upgraded and non-upgraded units. The rent for upgraded units is about $200 more than for the regular ones. We toured the model apartment and moved in several weeks later. Our actual apartment was actually only ready two days before the move in date, and my husband gave the apartment a quick once over before signing the lease. He didn't notice however the bathroom counter top was not the promised granite. I noticed it after move-in (clearly this is a lesson learned). I called the leasing office and got confirmation from 2 separate people that the bathrooms should have granite. After much delayed response, I met briefly with someone from the building management and they said that some of the upgraded units have "marble-like" counters, not granite, despite what is advertised. My issue is that we are paying for this. What can we do to compel the management company to either replace them or lower our rent?

Hi Annabelle,

If you have something in writing, you can use the advertisement versus the actual unit features. You may be able to either get a reduction in rent if you can prove that what you paid for is not what you got, or you may be able to cancel the rental agreement.  You should consult with local Maryland counsel.

Thanks for your question!

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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