Hello, I have a question regarding a master tenant/guest issue. I lived in an apartment
as the "guest" of another tenant for three years. I was not on the lease. The landlords handle security deposits
by having the person who moves into the apartment pay the person who moves out of the apartment. When I moved in, I gave my master tenant $1100 dollars. My understanding was that this money was forwarded by management to the person who had moved out. Three years later, the master tenant had a heart attack and had to move out. The landlord then placed me on the lease. I was told that I could bring in another person into the apartment as a "guest" just as I had done. The master tenant with the heart attack helped me out by only requiring $550 dollars for his return deposit, because the person I chose to replace him was having a hard time and I needed someone to help me with the rent. Therefore I sent $550 to the former master tenant. Five years later, after less than satisfactory living conditions with the new roommate
, I had a rent increase and had to move. Keeping with management's policy of the new person moving into the apartment paying the security deposit to the person moving out, I told the "guest" of mine that his deposit would come from the new tenants, probably passed down from the landlord. What this means is that, I as the only person on the lease was entitled to a security deposit of $1100, which is what I paid in the beginning. The "guest" is entitled to $550. When I talked to the landlord about these figures, he claimed no knowledge of whatever arrangement me and the 'guest" had. He returned my security deposit of $1100 and not $1650, which included the "guest" deposit which the landlord required. Now the guest is very upset that he is being screwed and he blames ME. He seems to think that he has a right to MY security deposit. And I have told him that I did not require a deposit, nor did I hold the deposit, but forwarded it as per the instructions of management. This will probably go to small claims court. What do you think?