I moved out of an apartment I had rented for two years. I got my security deposit back within a couple of weeks, but four months later, I received a bill for $450. The landlords claimed they had to replace the carpet because it had cigarette burns in it. I know that I did not burn the carpet. What can I do?
My landlord is withholding my security deposit because he says we ruined the carpet. The carpet is a bit dirty and worn in places, but it was not in great shape when we moved in. Does this fall under "ordinary wear and tear"?
Three months ago, I moved out of an apartment -- with one month's notice -- and now the landlord will not refund the deposit, stating that since we didn't move into another apartment he owns, he lost a month in rent. However, we told him that we were not moving into the apartment he offered because we could not afford it. Before we moved out, I did a walk-through with his cousin (because the landlord moved to Florida) who confirmed that the place was in good repair and stated that the landlord would send a check promptly. Now the landlord doesn't return our phone calls and has changed his number. What can we do?
My landlord refuses to return my security deposit so I'm suing her in small claims court. Can I find out if she has had other similar cases filed against her? If she makes a habit of withholding her tenants' deposits, I will be less inclined to settle and more inclined to see if a judge will find for punitive damages.
I share an apartment with three other students. I'm graduating, but the others are staying on a year. My problem is with the security deposit. We each paid $400 (a month's rent). The new roommate won't buy me out -- he's afraid of being charged for old damage. The landlord won't do an inspection with only me moving. Am I stuck playing wait and see?