Recently something really unfortunate happened to me, and wanted to ask for your guys’ advice. I checked out a flat in Taipei close to the university where I’ll start studying.
Everything looked fine and I loved the flat and location, but when I asked the alleged landlord for documents proving his ownership, he got really mad and emphasized it’s a short term and it’s a bother for him. To cut a long story short, as until now I’ve never been cheated in Taiwan and the local people I’ve met until now were surprisingly great and trustworthy, I signed the contract with him (the 7-11 Ministry of Interior standard contract) and even provided him with a deposit of several thousand yuan, to secure the flat before I move in on March 1st. Due to me being too trusting and really liking the flat, I didn’t even ask for a photo of his ID.
A few days after, I discovered he published the SAME ROOM again on Facebook.
He told me some bullshit that he actually meant to publish his other flat, and that’s just an advertisement. Anyway, when in the morning I asked for his ID and proof of ownership, he got mad and said the rent is cancelled, agreed to give me back the deposit but only in person and not through a bank transfer (which is super suspicious).
Now, my questions:
Do you think the police would take my claim seriously if I go there with this story?
Can I tell him that if he doesn’t return the money until a certain date, I’ll publish his full details and the facts of the story in several foreigner and Taiwanese forums, also to warn other people? Or does it expose me to a lawsuit?
Thanks a lot