Thank you. A friend of mine who lives in Canada has a property in California, she had a tenant who's lease expired on June 30, 2015 and moved out. Tenant took some of the furniture and household stuff with him (the house was leased furnished
). My friend the landlord and her tenant came to an agreement on the amount to be deducted off of the deposit for the missing items, a refund check was sent out to the tenant on July 7, 2015, as the final settlement. The house was listed for rent and is still vacant.
On August 4, 2015 the Tenant sent an email to the landlord stating that he had found the items and had entered the house (with the landlord's knowledge and or authorization) and left the items in the garage. He emailed some pictures as evidence for this action. He is demanding the refund of the monies that was deducted from his security deposit
additionally he is threatening the landlord with legal action.
The following are the concerns:
1- What is the Landlord's remedy for the tenant's action of illegally breaking into her property 35 days after he has moved out.
2- The landlord has no means of checking on the validity of tenant's claim as to the extent and or condition of the missing items, as she live overseas and the tenant is playing this game with her.
3- Once a refund check is issued for in this particular case, how long does the tenant have if any to return the missing items.
The Property is located in Los Angeles and the total deduction for the missing items were about $1800.00