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Were you both listed on the lease as tenants?
If so, then unfortunately you are stuck because unless the landlord is willing to release the money only to you, legally he is in the right in making the check out to both tenants. He has no idea what type of agreement you may have had with roommate regarding the deposit, or whether he paid you his half in cash, or any other details about it.
He just knows that he had 2 tenants listed on the lease and the safest way for him to handle this is to make the check payable to both of you...
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