Chicago, IL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Illinois

Q: Landlord not returning security deposit

I am living in Bloomington Illinois. Last month we were planning to move out of our current unit (3rd floor) and move in to (1st floor) same building. The person moving out from 1st floor is my friend. We both went on June 19th and he gave a move out from July 19 and I gave move out from 3rd floor from Aug 31 and move in to 1st floor from Aug 15. When my friend moved out, I checked his unit and didn't like it and right away i asked my landlord to cancel the move in to 1st floor. They accepted the cancel, but not returning my security deposit of $600. When I went to request the move-in to 1st floor, I filled an application that basically says the $600 will be returned only if the application is not approved. I have not received any notification that the application has been approved and has not signed any lease.

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George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda
  • Wadsworth, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If the $600 was a non-refundable application fee, then they don't need to return it. If it was a security deposit, they need to return it within 30 days after you move out. Usually landlords don't take security deposits until you sign the lease.

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