Unfortunately, by default, if both tenants are one the lease, then each get half of the deposit back because it is presumed
that each get half even if the original check was only in your name.
What someone in your situation then wants to do is to file a small claims suit
against the landlord. See the following links for good guides:http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/essex/civil/small.htm
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment
," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one
cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one.
Here, this may be actionable for in assumpsit for money had and received
. To prove this cause, one must show that one (the landlord) holds money that in all equity and justice belongs to the other (i.e. you).
The Judge may then award you the whole amount. As for the roommate - if she does not testify willingly, you can subpoena
her and make her come to court, under punishment of contempt if she does not.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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