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S. Kincaid
S. Kincaid, Attorney
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Satisfied Customers: 2435
Experience:  Experience working with evictions, subsidized housing issues and mobile home issues.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  S. Kincaid replied 9 months ago.

Could you please explain your situation a little more fully? What kind of legal information would you like? In what state is this?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
like I said my tenant was smoking marijuana in the room he was renting. I was told he was smoking marijuana by my other tenant. He left. While steam cleaning the room I found the smell of marijuana. It was unbearable so I got it professionally cleaned. That costed 326dollars. The deposit was 575. what do I do?
Expert:  S. Kincaid replied 9 months ago.

In what state?

Expert:  S. Kincaid replied 9 months ago.

And have you returned the deposit yet? When did the tenant move out?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He moved out on 31 of Sept 2016. he has no forwarding address!
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
State of Colorado
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Do I have to return his deposit?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Are u still there?
Expert:  S. Kincaid replied 9 months ago.

Give me a moment...

Expert:  S. Kincaid replied 9 months ago.

Under Colorado law, a landlord must return the tenant's security deposit within one month, unless the lease agreement specifies a longer period of time (which may be no more than 60 days). You can deduct repair expenses. Prepare an itemized list of deductions for cleaning, repairs, back rent, or other financial obligations required under your lease or rental agreement. List the item (such as repainting living room wall or five days unpaid rent) and the dollar amount of the deduction. Regarding repairs and damage repair, attach receipts (if you’ve already had the work done) or provide a reasonable cost estimate. Return what is still owed of the deposit, along with the itemization of expenses that reduced his deposit. If you cannot find him to return the deposit to him, you can send it to the apartment he rented in the hopes that he is forwarding his mail. That will also prove that you acted in good faith, if he did not forward his mail. Do you have any other questions?