Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
Your options are to demand the return of your deposit...and if they refuse, you can sue them to recover
What you describe, if the landlord does not return your deposit, you can sue them and force them to.
The law is clear. It provides
Within 30 days after the termination of the tenant's lease or licensee's agreement, the owner
or lessee shall return by personal delivery, registered or certified mail the sum so deposited plus
the tenant's portion of the interest or earnings accumulated thereon, less any charges expended in
accordance with the terms of a contract, lease, or agreement, to the tenant or licensee, or, in the
case of a lease terminated pursuant to P.L.1971, c.318 (C.46:8-9.1)
So they have to return your deposit, within 30 days unless they can prove "damages
So, for example, if you left the property damaged, and they must pay to repair? They can charge you for that. Same for cleaning.
But what you describe? It sounds like you had a "check out" and passed that? If so, unless there is some undiscovered discrepancy, you are good...they can not keep your deposit...by law they are required to return and if they do not? You can sue them to force this issue
You can use small claims court for this action. Small claims court is often a great option since you can act as your own lawyer (and save that expense). The formal rules of evidence and procedure do not apply...it is truly a "peoples court"
You have to file in the county where the home was located...if you contact the clerk of the court they can provide the forms you need.
BotXXXXX XXXXXne: if they refuse to return your money? Small claims court can be used to force this issue