Q: First time for me to rent out my extra room, I didn’t know I have to open escrow account, it’s over 4 months now. help.
Now the tenant try to take me to court for return security deposit
You have to return the security deposit within 30 days of the end of the tenancy. If you failed to do so, or you did not comply with the security deposit statute in other ways, you may be liable for damages. This is a useful review of the law regarding returning security deposits : https://www.masslegalhelp.org/housing/lt1-chapter-3-security-deposit.pdf
Consider returning the security deposit as soon as possible with 5% interest to hold off the tenant's legal action. Good luck.
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