Apartment Complex Keeping Security Deposit For False Reasons??!

posted 2 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MrsSnapdragon:  Have you shown them the pictures you have? Something similar happened to FI and me when we moved out of our first apartment, and as soon as I showed them photographic evidence that they were lying, they backed off and we got our security deposit back.

Good luck!

Post # 3
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187 posts
Blushing bee

Take them to small claims court. You would have to post your location to know for sure, but in many areas you can claim 2 or 3 times the amount they improperly withheld. 

Post your state, and city if it is a major metropolitan area, and we can be of more help.; 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MrsSnapdragon:  Yeah, if they refuse to respond to you, then I would consult a lawyer. Not necessarily hire one, since it may cost you more in the end, but you can usually do an intial consult for free without hiring them. At least then you can get an idea if you have a case to make in small claims court. You have photographic evidence, so that’s a big plus.

I actually suspect that out current landlords may try to do this when we move out. That is why my move-in sheet is basically a novel detailing every single scratch that place had when we moved in. It was also quite dirty when we moved in so if they try to charge for cleaning, I’m going to flip my shit.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

MrsSnapdragon:  if you have pictures that you can get time stamped to show when you took them then you have proof right there they are making up this false claim.  Honestly, I would take them to small claims court.  To me $575 is a good chunk of change to loose.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

it is helpful to videotape any place you’re leaving, closing on a house you own or a rental, so that everyone can be in the same page about the condition of the property. 

 

Luckily for you you have evidence, and I would send it to them and demand your money back or you will be escalating the issue. many places have policies of keeping the security deposit unless you make a fuss. 

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