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Amount of Security Deposit

Posted by Milla on April 06, 1999 at 12:12:02:

I have been a tenant of a building on the upper east side for the past
one year, paying a rental amount which exceeds $2,000 a month. I signed
a lease agreement, and put down a security deposit of 3 months instead
of 1 month (the "standard" amount, which applies to other tenants of the
building), because I "didn't have a credit history in the USA," seeing
as I had just moved to New York from England. The agent of the landlord
who showed me my apartment informed me that I would get a review in
6 months (after I've built up a credit history in the USA), afterwhich
2 months' security deposit would probably be returned to me. It has now
been one year since I signed the lease, and the landlord informed me
today that they do not have such a review policy, and that any security
deposit that I have placed with the landlord will remain "deposited" until
I vacate the apartment (as opposed to just renewing my lease).

Questions: Can I get my 2 months' security deposit back? And HOW?

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