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Gamlieli Zweig, Inc. Itay Gamlieli, Susanna Takacs Another Poor student swindled by an dishonest underhanded NYC broker, Gamlieli Zweig New York, New
16th of May, 2011 by User742841
First I would like to open by saying that this incident took event around August 2010, but I havent gotten around to it because Ive been busy first with moving, setting up my new apartment and with school, finally I just finished my school year. However this event has shook me so much that I want justice to be brought to it no matter how long it will take. This complaint involves a real estate broke company, Gamlieli Zweig, and the good faith deposit of $375 that they took and kept from me which I believe was illegal. Below are the incidences that lead up to the dispute. In August of 2010, I was in desperate need of an apartment as I have just moved back to NYC for school and wanted to have everything set up before the busyness of school starts in September. I contacted (GZ) via an ad that one of the agents has listed on Craigslist for a studio apartment in Murray Hill. I told them that my budget was $2000/month; the ABSOLUTE highest I can gonot a penny beyond that amount. I made this VERY clear! Susanna Takacs, the agent proceeded to showing me an apartment located at 349 East 29th Street (4H or 4G) on August 07, 2010. I liked the apartment very much except the asking price is $2050/month, which is beyond my price range. Suzanna led me to believe that they will be able to negotiate the price down to $2000/month and pressured me to submit an application based on the fact that the monthly rent will be $2000. I decided that I would try; however, she said that we couldnt put me on the
application since the apartment management would reject me (I did not have a job but was a full time student), they would have to put my mother on the application. We did that (I have an original copy of the applications). Theres also a good faith deposit and an application fee (credit check) for a total of $375 that can be only made in cash (I have the receipt of this document). The good faith deposit says: It is agreed that the ?good faith deposit will be refunded to me, the applicant,
in full upon rejection of my application by the owner. I hereby further
acknowledge that if I, the applicant, choose to withdraw my application at any
time after submission my ?good faith deposit will be forfeited and I will have
no claim against Gamlieli Zweig, Inc. I had to give then this money in cash because they would not take credit card or checks. I have a receipt of this where it shows the client name is me, Didi Sun. A couple days later they came back to me saying that the apartment will NOT rent for lower than $2050 which means that I cannot afford the apartment which forced me out of the running for the apartment, but GZ will not give back the $375 that Id paid in cash to them. Furthermore they did not run the application for either my mother or I. They stopped the application and just kept the money and said that I withdrew the application process therefore
I was not entitled to the refund There are two legally wrong things with this: 1. We submitted the application based on the facts that GZ was confident that the rent will be $2000/month, and this is all I can pay. This was made very clear in the beginning. If they had said that the apartment would definitely rent for $2050 then we would not have submitted an
application for it. 2. The application submitted was under my mothers name but the receipt of the good faith deposit is under my name and it clearly states that the ?good faith deposit will be refunded to me, the applicant, in full upon rejection of my application by the owner. If we had run MINE application, the owners would
surely have rejected it because I do not have the finances to meet their requirements. They did not however run my application, and my mother was not the one who paid the good faith deposit of $375 Ive consulted a close family friend who is a lawyer by trade and he mentioned that because they did not run my application with my finances, I should receive the refund of $375. On the discrepancy of the
differences between the applicant for the apartment and the applicant for the good faith deposit alone, I should just be refunded $375. Ive tried to contact the agent Suzanna, as well as the owner Itay Gamlieli. They were both unresponsive to me. The lawyer friend has also contacted Itay, stating exactly what I phrased above. Itay said to him
that he would get back to me and work out a solution, but I never heard from him again. GZ is a very dishonest company based on the above but not only limited to the above. They kept telling me a different story about the apartment fee as well as a broker fee. (Another agent before Suzanne told me that for the same apartment they have to charge a broker fee, then somehow the apartment was willing to forgo that etc etc) I want to warn others of their dishonest business practices. They are not necessarily illegal, but definitely shady in all their dealings. They are very pushy, manipulative, ambiguous, and deceptive taking advantage of a poor student and anyone else who is not prepared for their underhanded ways. They will cheat you to maximize their profit whenever they can. I would want others to be warned about them and be prepared to deal with their conniving ways.

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