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Did the landlord lie to you in the lease about the house being on the market?
In other words was there fraud or misrepresentation?
Have they withheld your security deposit? Have you challenged the damages they allege in writing?
Also, did you request an initial inspection before moving out?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
It does not appear from the facts that you have a claim regarding the house being on the market if you signed a one year lease and the new landlord just declined to renew the lease when it expired. That is their right, so long as the refusal to renew was not based upon your race, religion, ethnicity, etc. Otherwise, there is no general legal obligation to renew a lease.
As for the security deposit, you should sue the landlord in small claims court for the return of any deduction which was wrongfully assessed against you. If you prevail you could be awarded punitive damages and your attorney fees.
Small claims court is designed to be "user friendly" so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court. You can get the necessary forms to start from the clerk of the court.
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