After signing a lease for an apartment, do I have a time frame where I can legally opt out before being commited to it?
I signed a lease on Monday afternoon and was told yesterday that I could not get out of it, even though it was less than 24 hrs later. I've been told the community is not safe and I want out of my lease. I was also told that I forfeited my deposit upon signing the lease.
It sounds like you did your homework after you turned in the assignment. You may be out the deposit, here.
You might want to talk to a local attorney, since landlord-tenant law isn't exactly the same from one state to another (I don't practice in Utah). Depending on when the lease starts, the landlord might have time to find a new tenant for the same start date, in which case you'd only be liable if the rent was less than on your lease, in some states.