Posted by Fred Lappert on July 04, 1998 at 12:34:57:
In Reply to: Security Deposit posted by Mo on July 04, 1998 at 10:44:28:
: We will be moving at the end of August and are worried that we won't get
: our security deposit back. The house (not in NY) is in better shape than
: when we moved in but we've heard that the LL never gives security deposits
: back. The LL makes up things wrong with the house and keeps the deposit.
: The last tenants took him to court and won but it cost them about $600
: in legal fees. Is there any thing that we can do to help? Take pictures
: of the house to verify no damage if we go to court? Should we pay to have
: a maid service clean the house and provide the receipt as proof? I
: understand that the LL has to provide us with an itemized list of any
: damages, if any. Does he have to supply an estimate or proof of how much
: it actually cost to have the damage fixed? Any help would be appreciated.
Gee, did you ever think of just not paying the last month's rent? This is
what many tenants do, even if the lease says you can't do it, it doesn't
matter -- as it puts the owner in the position of proving damages. But be
sure to clean, have witnesses and take photos.
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