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Your tenant has some gall and audacity to sue you when he is in breach of your contract. Although the California statute does require you to either return the tenant's deposit or an explanation why within 21 days of the tenant vacating the property, in this case a court is not likely to rule in favor of the tenant. Although you can never prevent someone from filing a suit against you, here he is the one in breach of your contract regarding the termination of his lease early. Since he's brought the suit, you want to not only contest his claim, you want to file a counter suit against him for breach of contract and not only get what is owed you, but also, reimbursement for damages and unpaid rent that should have been paid by him until you were able to re-lease the property.
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