Bellflower, CA asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona

Q: I submitted for a refund of an admin fee from a property manager May 14th. Well past the 14 days allowed. What can I do?

I have emails confirming May 14th and the only follow up I have received is telling me to just wait longer for my money. I saw online they have 14 business days to provide this refund legally. We are beyond that threshold and Shelton-Cook (Property Manager) has stopped communicating with me entirely. What can I do to get my money?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Peter H. Westby

Answered
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Assuming your situation falls within ARS 33-1321, you can file a civil lawsuit against your former landlord to seek a judgment for the money owed. Once you have your money judgment you can use other civil remedies such as execution and garnishment to attempt collection. However, when you file a lawsuit, be aware that your former landlord may file a counterclaim against you. Things can get complicated. I recommend that you seek the advice of an attorney before you take any action.

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