Q: Landlady purchased a brand new garage motor system with my deposit! Legal?
After a string of car break-ins on my street the garage door remote was stolen from my visor in my car. I immediately reported this to police and to my landlady. Landlady was moving back into the house so I had to move. She asked me if I would just let her purchase the new remote because she would like to buy two of them for herself and she would take $40 out of my deposit to replace the one that was stolen from me. I agreed. A month and a half later I get my accounting for my deposit from her and she tells me in the accounting that she found out her garage door motor system was so outdated that she could not find a remote to replace it so she used my deposit to buy herself a brand new garage door motor system (almost $400.) Is this legal? I'm in Medford Oregon
A: If you are not responsible for the demise of the existing garage remote opening system, you are not liable for the replacement cost. See a local landlord-tenant attorney - you may be entitled to recover twice the amount wrongfully withheld, plus your costs and attorneys fees.
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