I rented 3 seperate units with seperate move-in dates and paid a seperate security deposit for each unit. When I moved out the landlord did not return my deposits until I asked for them two months later. I asked for the $200 punitive damage for each unit, but the landlord only returned the security deposits and apologized for taking so long.
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Your question is an interesting one. In any event, I don't think it is worth pursuing. Section 1950.7 only says that the bad-faith retention of the security deposit may subject the landlord to $200 in punitive damages. My experience is that judges do not like awarding punitive damages for retention of security deposits, even in residential cases.
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