Real Estate Law

Have real estate law questions? Ask a real estate lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Tina.. I have a very quick question and ma need your

Customer Question
Hi Tina.. I have...

Hi Tina.. I have a very quick question and ma need your services. Ed Gabriel

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Not yet

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No I can discuss with her Its Renters Rights related

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
1/5/2018
Real Estate Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 4 months ago
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 11,323
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court
Verified

Oh, that’s not a problem with the phone call. The system automatically asks if you want one, but there is no problem declining the request. One moment while I review your situation.

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today.

Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only. What specific questions did you have? I have an idea about your situation, but I don’t want to make any assumptions.

Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I was a renter at a Maryland (Montgomery County) property and moved out almost two months ago. I have been in touch with the landlord a number of times regarding him returning our security deposit. I have written him a number of email and says he will get back to me. Yesterday 51 days after we left I wrote him again asking that he return our $4500 deposit. Today he finally wrote back and gave us an email invoice for $4900 in repairs. He never provided and requirement such as this invoice via mail and has waited almost 2 months after my continued prompting to responding. What actions can I take to get my deposit back???
Real Estate Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

This appears to be a classic breach of contract and a violation of the MD code regarding the return of security deposits. A breach of contract just simply means that one party was obligated to perform and they have either have not performed or have said that they will not perform. Typically, the aggrieved party is entitled to be returned to the same position they were in before the breach. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for advising of a breach of contract. It's a bit easier (and cheaper) than going through litigation and I have seen it be effective in the past. If this doesn’t work, sadly, the only other option is to either go through an informal mediation or file a lawsuit in your local court. This website is also pretty cool because you can download the forms right after purchasing. Click here to get started.

What other questions did you have for me today that I can help you out with:-)?

Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Tina Your Own Question
Tina
Tina
Tina, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 5,436
5,436 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Tina is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

5,436 satisfied customers

17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

11,126 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

7,785 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

7,559 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

6,207 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,925 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
On April 21 i signed a contemplated lease contract along with
On April 21 i signed a contemplated lease contract along with leaving an application fee of $100 and security deposit equal to one months rent of $1742.00 on a unit that i was to begin renting on June… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
36,546 satisfied customers
Can a Landlord charge Non-Refundable Administrative Fees in
Can a Landlord charge Non-Refundable Administrative Fees in PG County, MD?… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
29,835 satisfied customers
does florida statute 83.49(3)(a) that deals with the return
'does florida statute 83.49(3)(a) that deals with the return of security deposit apply to commercial rental as well. The land lord deducted money before notifying me of his intent to do so… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,559 satisfied customers
My tenant paid her final rent, but kept my security deposit
my tenant paid her final rent, but kept my security deposit without ever letting me into my house. is this illegal or just wrong? … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
36,546 satisfied customers
I have a question regarding the security deposit. Can you
Hi, I have a question regarding the security deposit. Can you please help? … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Landlord/Tenant Security deposit not given back. North
Landlord/Tenant Security deposit not given back. North Carolina. Already filed and summons given. Thi king about hiring a lawyer to represent me. He does sell real estate and can also file with the co… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
29,835 satisfied customers
My Father passed away last month he had a security deposit
hi my Father passed away last month he had a security deposit of $2000 I have power of attorney and death certificate the check is able to be made to his name the land lord is stating that he can not … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
36,546 satisfied customers
My landlord has not returned my security deposit and refuses
My landlord has not returned my security deposit and refuses to respond. According to CA law she had 21 days and I have not anything from her. … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
Our lease states The Security Deposit will increase by 2%
Our lease states The Security Deposit will increase by 2% per year. … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
I am a tenant. Regarding my $1,000 security deposit from 14
I am a tenant. Regarding my $1,000 security deposit from 14 years ago. I understand the landlord has 21 calendar days to return my deposit. I also understand the landlord cannot deduct for items until… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
How to distribute security deposit in joint lease when one
How to distribute security deposit in joint lease when one tenant moved out halfway through the lease with no forwarding address? … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
29,835 satisfied customers
Tenant moved in 2/1/2018 but didnt pay security deposit of
tenant moved in 2/1/2018 but didnt pay security deposit of $1895 and feb $1895 and march 1895 rent, sent eviction notice on 2/10/18 to vacate or pay in 3 days, tenant still dont want to pay or move ou… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
I am being denied my security deposit because I placed
I am being denied my security deposit because I placed handicap bronze rails in the house. The landlord knew I was a handy caped lady with a service dog. I have pictures and documentation of everythin… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Lawyer
11,323 satisfied customers
Landlord kept the security deposit of the Tenant and took
Landlord kept the security deposit of the Tenant and took off. Tenant filed suit. Complaint was filed. Defendant will answer tomorrow to the complaint. When does discovery begin? when can interrog/pro… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
I haven't received my security deposit back from my
I haven't received my security deposit back from my landlord. he refused me a final walk thru or has sent me any bill for damages. Its been 7 months now. Do i have a recourse? … read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,859 satisfied customers
I have a question regarding a security deposit on a FL
Hello! I have a question regarding a security deposit on a FL vacation rental. Can you help with that? … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,785 satisfied customers
I rented my house, took a $1900 security deposit equal to 1
I rented my house, took a $1900 security deposit equal to 1 months rent. When the tenants vacated there was 4950 worth of damage to my house. I sent them an itemized breakdown of the cost to repair wi… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
1,210 satisfied customers
My former landlord is not returning my security deposit.
My former landlord is not returning my security deposit. … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x