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I am sorry you are dealing with this situation. Unfortunately, the landlord is unlikely to return your deposit unless you force the issue. A written demand letter for return of the deposit should be forwarded to the landlord and state that unless the deposit is returned within 10 days you will have no other alternative but to sue him for the return. If he does not return your deposit, take him to small claims court. Hopefully that won't be necessary but it sounds like he is willing to be unreasonable.
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