Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX X'X a Real Estate attorney here to assist you.
1) Did you receive a notice from the landlord of an intention to keep part of the security deposit for damage, cleaning, etc.?
2) Did the landlord have your new address?
2. YES...many times in e-mail and by certified mail.
Thank you for your response.
The landlord is wrong.
Was I ever obligated to request my security deposit back by certified mail?
There is no requirement that you must request your deposit back.
If I sue and pay $300 to file a claim, can I sue for that extra $300 as well?
Yes - if you have to go to court to get your security deposit, you can also sue for the court fee.
Perhsps if you inform the landlord of your intention to go to court,
he will just return your deposit - to avoid the time and expense of having to go to court.
The relevant statute is here:
So that you can see for yourself that there is nothing that says a tenant must ask for his security deposit.
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