Landlord refuses to return deposit

By Amy

I paid one month deposit at the beginning of the rent. We had an oral agreement that if I want to move out, I should give him 30-day notice. I paid my rents every month. On Sept. 8th, I told my landlord that I would move out on Oct. 1st. He said ok. But just now, he came to me and said I have to stay for another month, be cause he will not return that one month deposit.He said his rule is that the renter gives him 30 day notice, and then for the last month, the renter won’t need to pay the rent. And I told him that is not how it works, and I can pay for the days from Oct. 1st to Oct. 8th ( because Oct. 8th is the 30th day after I gave him the notice). But he didn’t agree.

He can’t ask me to stay for another month. Can I will move out on Oct. 1st. But he wouldn’t return my deposit. What should I do?

Edited on: Friday, September 11th, 2009 5:03 pm

One Response to “Landlord refuses to return deposit”

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September 12th, 2009 5:30 pm

The simple answer: File a complaint with the RPA. Of coarse the best answer: Work it out with your landlord directly.
Oral agreements are difficult to enforce, but not impossible. If you can work it out with the landlord, that would be best. If you need help then you should file a landlord complaint. There’s a link at the top of the page titled “File Complaint.” That’s all I’ve got.


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