Clayton, NC asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: About 90 days ago I moved out of my apartment. I have yet to receive my security deposit back?

I shared a lease. We paid security deposit separately. The unit was cleaned and all property was removed and all keys returned. They haven’t responded to any of my attempts to find out what’s going on with my security deposit. The rental office has a high turnover rate and I can never reach anyone who know what’s going on. What can I do to get my security deposit back?

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Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Generally speaking, the Landlord has 45 days once you vacate the premises to either return the security deposit or send a letter outlining why it is being withheld.

Did you do a walkthrough confirming the condition of the property? Also, you mentioned that there was a roommate. Has the roommate vacated?

I would consult with a lawyer to review your situation, but if the answer is the property was left in good condition and there were no reasonable causes to retain the security deposit, you may have a good cause for suit.

Good luck!

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