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I'm a little confused as to *why* he wants his money back... on what basis, that is?
Do you have anything in writing that addresses your arrangement with him?
I think you can probably make out a very good argument that he is NOT entitled to his money back because now it will take you take to re-rent the property. However, if you are able to rent the property, at that point I would return as much of the funds as he would be eligible to get back. Meaning... you need to show that you tried to mitigate your damages by re-renting the property if you want to be able to credibly argue that he is not entitled to his money back.
Does that make sense?
If you've been trying to re-rent the property you have a valid argument that the you're entitled to your money. Again, mitigation is very important in cases like these. Can I help you with anything else? :)
You could also argue hardship - meaning, that you relied on this money, etc.
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