Security Deposit Drama
March 5, 2011 2:44 PM Subscribe
Taking over the lease for one roommate in a four person household. I was originally told that I needed to pay first and last month's rent to move in: first month to the landlord and last month's to John, the roommate moving out. On moving day I was told that it was actually first and security. I would make the check for security out to John and then the landlord would give me back John's security deposit when I moved out. Confused and exhausted, I wrote a check.
posted by chichimimizu to Human Relations (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
While unpacking I found a lot of damage to the room that had previously been covered up by John's furniture and wall stuff. There was a broken window, tons of cracks and holes in the wall, and a broken blind that fell off the wall and cracked the screen of my ipod. None of the other roommates were aware that there was a deposit it all. One of them had only paid first month's rent upon moving in. They'd freely lived in the apartment. I was no longer comfortable with giving John his security deposit and wrote him an e-mail that day asking him not to cash the check until I had a chance to talk about this with the landlord.
So the more I think about this, the more uncomfortable I am with paying a security deposit at all. John never mentioned the damage to the room when he was showing me the place or when I was filling out paperwork. He initially told me that the check I was writing to him was for last month's rent and then at the last minute it became a deposit. He says that the landlord is aware of the damage and I shouldn't worry about getting my money back BUT if the landlord was aware of it, why was I never even given the option of having that stuff repaired before I moved in or at some point soon afterwards? I don't feel like paying $600 to ensure against damage to an already damaged roomed.
I'm going to talk to the landlord on Monday. At that point I think I'm going to tell him to work out John's security deposit with John and that I won't be paying a deposit unless the damage in my room is fixed. Is this reasonable? And by reasonable, I mean is there any sort of law or code to back me? Am I obligated to pay the deposit? What are my options here? I've already signed a lease and moved in.