Q: Management Co. is refusing to return my lease deposit. Will I need a lawyer because I can't afford one?
The reason Management Co. is refusing to return our deposit is because they claim we did not pay the last month rent of our lease agreement which is totally a perposterous thing to say. We have that canceled check proving they took our rent for that month. We've gone in the leasing office several times and shown them our canceled check, yet they refuse to return our money from our deposit back and have not returned our phone calls, nor answered us in letter if they have anymore reason to continue to hold on to our Secuity Deposit. Their silence speaks loudy for itself. We must take them to court if we ever plan on seeing our deposit money returned back to us.
A: In many jurisdictions, if the landlord does not return the security deposit within 30 days from the date the tenant moves out of the premises, the tenant may sue to recover double the amount due, plus court costs. In many jurisdictions, if the amount sought is $3,000.00 or less, the tenant may sue in the Small Claims Section. If you cannot afford hiring an attorney, you can do it yourself in a Small Claims Court
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