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Q: It has been 3 weeks since the end of the lease & no deposit has been returned. What legal recourse can we take?

Wondering what steps we can take to get our $1000 deposit back. We have given them 3 weeks to return it or to give us reason they would need to keep it. We have received none of that. Is small claims the next step to take? Or are there other options or additional legal recourse we can take.

T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In South Dakota, if it has been three weeks since the end of your lease and your $1000 deposit has not been returned, you may consider pursuing legal recourse. First, document all communication regarding the deposit return, including any requests and the landlord's responses. If you have... View More

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Q: Can I sue my apartment complex for leaving my front door wide open for several hours after they were done inside?

I came home one night from work to find my front door wide open. I checked and nothing was missing but I was still upset. Maintenance had called the day before saying they were going to come take a look at the AC unit as we recently had a bat crawl inside our apartment from the AC unit. I informed... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 10, 2023

I would report it and move on.

You suffered no damages, so what would you be suing for?

This is one of the many reasons I always recommend tenants be present when maintenance workers are inside rented premises. As inconvenient as it may be to miss work, it prevents many potential...
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