This afternoon Tom called our future landlord to make sure he received our cashier's check for deposit and first month's rent. The landlord responded by saying, "Um . . . I think I already rented the apartment." To which Tom responded, "You did WHAT?"
After that I grabbed the phone and proceeded to get quite upset and shed a few tears and the landlord said he would "try to find us somewhere else" and "call us back in about an hour." I don't think I have had a more nervous hour in my life. We were convinced we were going to have to drive to LA and we were going to end up finding a $1600/month apartment that was too far from school, but finally landlord called back and said he had a tenant who was looking to get out of their contract and that we could have the apartment on August 1st.
Relief. The apartment is in the same building as the apartment that we almost had, just two apartments down and it is the same price.
And, in case anyone is interested, here is an add for the apartment that we found online:
$1250 - Extra Large Single/Studio
Large, sunny single with full and separate kitchen and lots of closet space.
Walk to UCLA and Westwood Village.
Building is gated with entry system. Lots of greenery, quiet building.No Pets!
Laundry facilities on premises.