I am a Key Largo, Florida resident. I was living in a home for just over 2 years.
In the beginning my landlord wanted me to sign a long termLease
(3 years) which I drew up. He would never sign it and instead
Said I could trust him. I paid first, last, security deposite ($900 each $2700 total) in cash and he signed the receipt. My landlord then proceeded to live on the property, usually sleeping in his truck in the driveway
. After 8 months I asked him politely when he planned to find his own place to live an that if he did not leave I would need to find a new place to live. He did find another place to live, still would not sign a lease, and stopped signing the receipts which stated I hade paid rent in cash. So I began paying rent in personal check form. After about 2 1/2 years he stopped depositing my checks. There were 4 months of checks ($3600) uncashed when he told me I could no longer live in the house.
I stopped payment on the $3600 check, removed my security deposit and wrote him a new check for $2700 (minus $900 security) in June of 2012. I also vacated the premises at the end of the month without a stink about having no notice.
He has never deposited the check for $2700. It is now May 2013 (almost 1 year later) and he just contacted me saying I need to pay him $3600 cash to cover the check I wrote him, or he would get a lawyer. I told him if he needed a lawyer to help him deposit a check in his bank account then that was his business. He said he was advised not to accept partial payment and not to deposit the check. I told him he has been paid in full.
I really dont know what to do about this situation.
I should add the man drinks heavily and is mentally not all there. He suffered a stroke a fee years back.
Any advice would be helpful.