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Why do you feel that you not entitled to the full $925 back?
It is not fair. It is also not lawful.You are not bound by the terms of the lease once the landlord breached them. Your landlord and you entered into another agreement that was part and parcel of the written agreement even though it may have verbal or possibly even in writing by way of email. Your landlord told that you would have a roommate and that therefore you would pay $925 a month but instead you had to pay $1200 a month. That is a material breach on the part of your landlord.In fact, you did not have to move out. You could stayed in and the landlord would not have been able to evict you so long as you paid the $925 per month.But you did move out and you are where you are. So you are saying that you believe that it will cost $100 to do repair the small damage to the wall and if that is accurate then you are entitled to $825 back.Does that clarify the law?Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.
What I suggest you do is send him a letter by registered mail.This will wake him up into realizing this not going to go away.In the letter tell him that you have just obtained legal information and that you have been advised by a lawyer that your landlord breached your tenancy agreement in a material way by telling you that the rent would be reduced to $925 but then said you have to pay $1200.Tell him that lawyer's information was in fact you could have remained in the unit and paid the reduced rent and the landlord could not have obtained an order for eviction.Tell him that your information is also that because you were forced to move out because the landlord was charging higher rent than what was agreed to you could likely receive damages if were to sue the landlord and would not only receive the security deposit but also your moving costs and also any other damages you incurred. Tell him that if he wants to have this matter resolved in court you are happy with that but if he wants this matter to go away he is to provide you with $825 my deadline that you set.How does that sound?
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I cannot stand when landlord take advantage of tenants like this.