New York, NY asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: I didnt get my security deposit back

I gave my landlord $750 for a security deposit when i moved into his apartment. When i left i asked about the security deposit and he didnt give me it back stating that i needed to give him 30 days notice of me leaving. I didnt sign a lease, and he did not inform me of this when i moved in, when i told him i was looking for a new place to live or when i finally moved out. He stated that he looked at the apartment and didnt tell me if there was any damages. He also then claimed that he couldnt find a tenant until february bevause of me, but he was gone in florida until january 14th. Can i take him to small claims court?

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Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Dear Manhattan Tenant

Your landlord owes you double the $750 security deposit because your landord did not provide to you written itemization for deductions allowed by law within 14 days after you moved out.

You could file an online complaint with the NYS Attorney General or sue your former landlord in Small Claims Court.

Daniel Michael Luisi agrees with this answer

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