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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. If your landlord does not return your security deposit
or give you a list of reasons for withholding it within the time specified (30 to 60 days, depending on the lease provisions), he/she loses any right to keep any part of the security deposit. You can write a seven-day demand letter and, if the landlord does not send you the full amount of the security deposit within the seven days, you can sue for three times the amount of the security deposit. The statute requires that the 7-day demand letter be sent by first class mail. You can also send a copy by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you can show that your landlord received it and when. However, if your landlord does not pick up the certified letter, you can still proceed, based on the letter being sent by first class mail. The landlord can still hold you responsible for any unpaid rent or utilities
, or any damage you did to the premises, but the amount you owe the landlord would be offset against the triple damages
you are entitled to.
If your landlord sends you a list of the damages within the required time, and if you do not agree with the deductions then you can:
1) Call your Landlord and try to negotiate.
If this does not work then you can:
2) Send a "seven-day demand letter" by regular and certified mail and an additional letter disputing the charges imposed by your landlord. Keep a copy of both letters for your records. Sending a letter by regular mail will give your Landlord sufficient notice, even if he or she refuses the certified mail.
3) If the Landlord does not send the wrongfully withheld Deposit, within the time stated in the lease, you could sue in:
a) Small claims division of County Court
b) County Court under the Simplified Civil Action procedure.
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