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Posted by Patrick Mannion on August 17, 1998 at 15:27:20:

In Reply to: SECURITY DEPOSIT posted by Jennifer on August 17, 1998 at 13:16:56:

If you have no lease, and especially if you don't have anything in writing that
says the contary, you are entitled to ALL of your security deposit, unless
the landlord can prove damages inflicted upon the apartment that go beyond
normal wear and tear...I'd not hesistate to take this landlord to small
claims court, because he/she will surely lose.

Most landlords take advantage of the fact that most tenants are too timid
to call their bluff and haul them in to court over these issues. Also,
the landlord is not allowed to charge any special "cleaning fees" if you
have left the apartment clean...If that's not clean enough, then the
landlord must do the rest at their own expense...besides, when was the last
time you rented an apartment that was SPOTLESS upon move-in....exactly..
take them to court and get your money back.

: We were renting an apartment on Long Island, and did not have a lease.
: We were only able to give 6 days notice(my sister was transferred out of
: state) and received back half of our $1200 security(in cash). They said it
: was because we didn't give enough notice, but I thought that security could
: only be held for damages to the apartment or for reimbursement of any unpaid
: rent. Is there any way to get the rest of my security back?

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