Mass. SecurityDepositSmallClaimsFilter: Buddy's ex-roommate withholding security deposit for no good reason, what should he do?
This takes place in Boston, if that matters. He paid roommate $700 security deposit. Roommate in turn paid the landlord. He signed on to the lease under the landlord. At the end of the lease, roommate was angry at him for 'not really living there' -- she was returned the full amount of the security deposit. She was angry, so he offered her $50 and asked for a check for $650. She responded by offering him $450 because the money was legally hers to do with as she pleases, and anything he gets back is a gift.
So, he has a lease with their names on it, and a canceled check to her with "security deposit" in the memo dated a week before his move-in.
Under MA law, does he have a strong small claims case? How would he go about telling her he is prepared to sue without sounding threatening or should he not contact her and just file the suit?
I've looked at the appropriate Mass. laws about security deposits
, but didn't see very much that would apply to this situation. Also, I had difficulty finding previous questions that weren't tenant vs landlord instead of tenant vs tenant.
Obligatory HHCAL: He Has Consulted a Lawyer, but we'd like to hear anecdotal experience.