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Re: Security deposit: hostage situation.

Posted by K. Nandan on February 25, 1999 at 18:25:26:

In Reply to: Security deposit: hostage situation. posted by Robin on February 25, 1999 at 11:27:10:

I don't know the answers, but would love to hear any that are posted. We were forced to move from an NYC apt. when my husband was transferred. We gave 2 mos. notice and had the apt. professionally cleaned. Now, 3 months later, we hear that our landlord "doesn't feel" like returning the deposit. I can't imagine that she had difficulty finding a new tenant. Any suggestions as to what we should do?

: We vacated our apt b/c the property had lead and our baby's
: lead test were growing at an exponential rate.
: We gave 2 mos notice, helped advertise and show the apt, and left
: it cleaner than when we moved in. Now, our security deposit is
: being held hostage...and "damage" charges are being raised.
: I can't believe this! Where can I get answer to the q's below?

: Question 1: After giving 2 mos. notice, and having
: the apt clear an inspection by the
: landlords, how long does the landlord legally have to return your deposit?

: Question 3: If the apt passes inspection by the landlord the day you
: vacate, and damage occurs due to a problem you were unaware of,
: say there was a small leak when you unhooked your washer and you didn't
: notice b/c you were scrambling to move out quickly, is the ex-tennant
: liable for damages?

: Question 4: The landlord says we left the thermostat on 70 when we vacated
: the apt and the apt was at 85degrees. The landlord claims that high heating oil costs
: through out our term as tennants as damages...even though they
: never raised the concern as a problem with us while we were living
: in the apt. Am I liable for this???

: Question 5: In Westchester County, in a house divided into two apts,
: does the landlord have to pay the tennant interest on the security deposit?
: If so, how is it calculated?

: Is there an easy way to find out my rights so I can confront
: these landlords?

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