Help me get my deposit back!
December 14, 2010 8:45 PM Subscribe
Exlandlords not returning deposit and won't return calls. I have no copy of lease. Is there anything I can do?
posted by lacedcoffee to law & government (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My shady ex landlords will not answer or return my calls regarding my deposit. They were sketch enough that I have reason to believe that are purposely ignoring me and will never return it. I never got a copy of the lease despite multiple reminders (they kept saying they'll give me a copy but never did). It was month to month rent plus a deposit and I moved out after 1.5 months even though I paid for 2 months due to the weird living environment. It's been 1 month since I moved out and 2 weeks since my paid months ended. I know they have 30 days to return my deposit. I have been calling just to check in and ask about it but they ignore my calls. I know it was a stupid situation for me to put myself in-- yes lesson learned. But is there any way to fix the current situation? I have no written document and this is in California. It was a couple renting out a room in their house but I did sign a lease. Do I have any legal backing in this? Is there anything legal I can even threaten them with so they'll at least respond? Its only $300 so it's not a terrible amount. I would still love the money back because I'm a recent grad trying to make ends meet but it's not worth spending hundreds of hours and money on legal fees either.
Are there any legal avenues I can take? If not, can I report them or advertise somewhere so other people won't suffer the same fate (they seemed nice in the beginning and had me fooled). Or should I just chalk this up to costly experience?