Can You Change Your Mind After Applying For an Apartment?
Yes, generally, so long as you haven’t already signed a lease and you understand that you will likely not be refunded your application fee or any deposits paid.
Before you sign a lease to rent the apartment, unless explicitly stated otherwise, you are generally under no contractual obligation to move into the apartment or pay any rent unless and until the lease has been signed.
An application to rent an apartment is not a lease or commitment to pay monthly rent. At this stage, you only give permission to the landlord to do their checks and confirm your understanding of other notices.
However, you should be prepared to lose your application fee and any deposits paid.
What Happens Once You Sign a Lease?
Once you sign a rental lease, you are responsible for paying rent throughout the term. So, for example, if you sign a 12-month contract and want to back out in the first month, you may still be liable to pay the rent for the remaining 11 months.
If it is just the application, you may only lose the fees you already paid. If you are concerned or think there is a chance you may back out, check these details with the landlord before applying.
If you decide to back out of an application, let the landlord or agent know as soon as possible.
Open communication is the best way to avoid disputes.