wow, bad choice. unfortunately this experience is probably common to any management team. In the future try not to give up any cash unless you know for sure. after all, it was a HOLDING fee. if the holding fee was refundable, and therefore no risk of loss, it doesn't really give the apartment much reason to HOLD the apartment for you, does it? the whole point seems to me, that if you back out they get a little something for their trouble and inconvenience. after all, what if they had to turn down a potential renter because the apt was reserved for you? I think 48 hours was being generous. yea, the fact that they did not mention the fee was refundable for only a certain period wasn't completely honest - but come on. common sense must ask if the holding fee is refundable indefinitely, why ask for a deposit in the first place? i mean why not just take your word for it along with the unicorns and rainbows that seem to populate your little universe? it's only $100. If that's a big deal, then you should probably move back in with mommy and daddy, maybe they'll even make your bed and cook breakfast in the morning.