I am sorry to hear this; that is a long time to wait for a deposit;
so if the landlord (LL) unreasonably withholds a deposit, the tenant can bring a small claims action - appropriate for cases under $10,000:
That packet is here
The LL can only deduct for damages to the unit; NOT for ordinary wear and tear.
This explains what constitutes wear and tear - for which there cannot be a deduction
so for example, they can't charge for smudges on walls, but they can charge for large holes; they can't charge for normal wear on a carpet, but they can charge for burns.
The relevant code is here:
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