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They said basically too bad and to take him to court for the cost. It's not a lot of money but can they do that?
Unfortunately the answer is yes because both of them are equally liable for any damages under the legal doctrine of "joint and several liability". So any damages would be deducted from the entire deposit prior to any refund because each of them is entirely liable for all the damages.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
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