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HelloThis is Samuel. I suggest, you can request from him a detailed and Itemized list of all the repairs he made and the cost for those. The tenant should only be responsible for the cost of repairs that were not normal wear and tear or if it is a repair out of the realm of normal wear and tear the Landlord needs to be able to show that the tenant caused the need for repair.And so once you get that itemized list, if you disagree with him and he will not provide more of or your entire deposit to be returned, you can sue him in small claims court.
Please click onto this LINK and read the VA law regarding security deposits and the return of them and what the LL must do to comply with the law
And you can read This LINK for what your responsibilities were as a tenant
If you decide to sue, you can do that on your own in small claims. You can get the forms to file from the clerk of the court in the county where the rental is located.
The small claims court has jurisdiction over civil cases in which the plaintiff (you) is seeking a money judgment up to $5,000 or recovery of personal property valued up to $5,000
Ok. Then you need to sue him in Circuit court and for that you should at least consult with a local attorney who can draft that complaint for you.
Or it may be possible the local attorney can write him a letter and try to negotiate for you. Suing in Circuit court is more difficult for the layperson than small claims court.
And you may be able to get a local attorney to at least draft the letter of negotiation and then a complaint, if you need sue and you can file it and represent yourself to say on legal costs.
Right. Thank you for the clarification. And your recourse is to try to negotiate it with him or file a lawsuit in the Circuit Court.
Unfortunately, you need to take the civil route as there does not appear to be any crime involved.