(Closed) Security Deposit issues….VENT

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

If they did the walk through without you (and didn’t get your signed consent to waive it) then they are legally required to give you your full refund back.  This might be different for local laws, but I’ve never heard of anywhere that this isn’t the case. 

As for the round about– most states have a manditory maximum time limit– in CA it’s 21 days, to pay you in full– if not, then you can take legal action against them to get your full refund plus penalties, but this will definitely varry by state. If they try to not give you your full refund, you are entitled to an itemized list of all deductions (with receipts) and there are certain limitations on how much they can charge, and what for as well.  For example– they can’t charge you to paint the place since that’s part of regular ware and tear; same for carpets, if you’ve been there 2 years, they can’t charge you– if it’s been 1 yr they can only charge you 50% of the replacement costs. 

Post # 6
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@speechgal44:  I think its for carpet replacement due to wear and tear, not cleaning in particular

Post # 8
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

They have time to get the deposit to you.  In Philly, I deliberately didn’t harass a landlord to give it back to me immediately, because if they are over the time limit, then they can’t deduct from it (they have the right to sue for it, they just can automatically take it from you).  I think I might have been entitled to triple damages, I just didn’t go for that – I just wanted my full deposit back.  (My cheating ex left some a box of old shoes behind – on the curb, one day early for pick up, and the landlord tried to collect money for bringing it inside and putting it back out the next day.)  Look up the laws for your state.

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