Q: If my security deposit did not fully cover damages does my landlord need to notify me within a certain amount of time?
Lease ended June 30th of this year. I did not receive any notice from my landlord regarding my security deposit within 30 days. Friday August 21st a letter was in my mailbox from my landlord saying that my security deposit did not cover damages and I owe more money. The letter has a Pitney Bowes stamp on it marked July 21 but there is no postmark from USPS. I know landlords in Ohio must either return the security deposit or provide a letter within 30 days of the end of the lease but what about demand letters? Do I owe them money if they did not send me any notice within the 30 days of the end of the lease?
A: Landlords must return security deposits and send an itemized statement of any amounts withheld within 30 days after you vacate. If not, tenant can sue landlord and collect attorney fees. See this link: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/5321.16v1
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