Doesn't my landlord have 30 days to return my deposit or send an itemized list of the damages and estimates?
Yes. Your security deposit plus interest earned during the tenancy must be returned within 30 days unless the damages exceed the security deposit amount.
What about the estimates, does that have a deadline? He never sent me anything.
What estimate? The damages and what your landlord deducted from your security deposit? I'm not entirely sure but the law is stricter with respect to wrongfully retaining your security deposit past the 30 days, but then again, maybe that is why he said the damages were equal to or more than the deposit. It's hard to say. If you think you have a case, bring it to an attorney.
From your comments to another attorney's answer, if you were offered half the deposit back and because you declined the landlord decided to keep your entire deposit, then that could very well violate the statute regulating security deposits.
After keeping all the deposit we spoke and he said he would try to work something out. that's when he offered less than half back. I declined because I felt I was entitled to more. I feel that the estimates for damages were inflated.
So did this happen within 30 days of the end of your tenancy or after? Either way it does not seem like this is right and you should probably consult a landlord tenant attorney at this point.
it happened after 30 days. I moved out on 1.31.13 and he made that offer on 3/20/13
Then your landlord may very well have violated the law. As I said earlier, you should probably consult a landlord tenant attorney at this point. I wish you the best of luck.
thank you very much!
You are very welcome!