If the agency has the deposit, you might also notify the real estate commission but often if they were just the listing agent for a landlord, they may have turned it over to him/her after the lease was contracted.
Since youâ€™ve gotten the run around, I wouldnâ€™t waste any more time. The agency should be able to handle this within 24 hours, even if it is just to tell you to go directly to the landlord.
By the way, I believe it is a law violation to fail to notify you of where the money was deposited and to identify any interest gained from that account. It is, I also believe, a matter of law that ANY security deposit which is not fully accounted for within 30 days of the termination of the lease is subject to a fee to be paid to the tenant of DOUBLE the amount of the deposit. Since the deposit is USUALLY six weekâ€™s rent, you may have just put yourself in line for about three monthâ€™s worth of rental money to end up in your pocket. The court, and thereâ€™s one in every county, is a much more efficient debt collector than you can imagine. It may be as fast as "what's in your wallet" to the person(s) found at fault, that very day, right in the courtroom. I've seen it happen. It may not be that fast but the court surely gets its man (or woman) unless they flee the state and even then, Iâ€™m not so sure they donâ€™t get them anyway.
Best wishes to you and the soon to be offspring.
As Gina stated, why would you look for your security deposit from a realtor?
There needs to be more information as to why you expect the realtor to return your deposit to you.
Broker / Manager
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
I am unclear as to the situation. Was the NJ Realtor the owner of the rental property? If not, then the owner/landlord has your security deposit not the realtor. Who did you pay your rent to each month? Who did you give the notice to? the agent or the owner?
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
I would also speak direct with broker prior to taking any action determine if you can resolve issues there. Power has knowledge terms and conditions contract rules all
Once you have determined what area(s) breach of contract you can report realtor to board, and broker. No matter what information forward certified return receipt confirms the realtor and broker have received notice. State that if you dont receive money within XX days you have no other choice turn this over too legal and realtors board file formal complaints.