Q: Is small claims the best venue to file for security deposit return if amount collectable by law (Maryland) is over 10k?
Three times security deposit amount, plus interest and attorney fees may be granted if security deposit is not returned 45 days after the end of the tenancy and landlord stopped communicating.
A: In Maryland, any lawsuit not exceeding $5,000 is a small claims action. Above that amount it is a large claim and the formal rules of evidence apply. A judge is not required to award three times the security deposit. It is discretionary, so you may claim that amount and receive less.
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