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asha.edwards…, Renter in Fayetteville, AR

Landlord trying to keep deposit

Asked by asha.edwards38, Fayetteville, AR Tue Jun 26, 2012

landlord tried to sign us up for a pyramid scheme and since we told him no we were not interested he started treating us differently instead of coming to get rent when he was suppose he would have us waiting days on end and we would try to get ahold of him but he would always send us a text saying he was in meetings, and then we had told him we had mice it took him 3 weeks to get an exterminator out to look at it. well about 2 weeks ago he showed the place to other people and re-assured us that we would be getting back our deposit well we move out of our place last tues. we cleaned the whole apartment from top to bottom. My fiancee calls him and like always we could never get ahold of him we tell him the apartment is all his. well 3 days later we get a text telling us that we will not get all of our deposit back because we forgot to get cobwebs down well we havent heard from him and he wont return our calls what can we do? he told us he would let us know monday here it is tueaday.

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Most states have similiar laws as Jeff stated. In Texas, you must provide written notice of your forwarding address to a landlord upon vacating a premises. A landlord then has 30 days to assess damages, itemize repairs and provide notice to the tenant of any deductions from a deposit.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2012
Depending upon the amount of the deposit, you could probably obtain some quick results by filing in small claims court. Sometimes an official document will spur a scheming character into doing the right thing!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2012
I am not an attorney so please do NOT consider this as legal advice. In Arkansas, a landlord has 30 days to return a security deposit. If the landlord keeps any portion thereof, he/she must show a valid as to why they are entitled to keep part of the deposit. If a landlord withholds security deposits unlawfully, in Arkansas they may be required to pay 3 times the amount of the deposit as "trouble" damages.

With that being said, I would contact an attorney that specializes in Landlord/Tenant Law. In my opinion cobweb removal is not a valid reason to keep a deposit unless it was excessive like the house on the MONSTERS.

Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 13, 2012
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