Landlord didn't mail me my deposit refund until 24 days after I vacated the unit. She turned me down for a walk through when I handed her the keys, and said all is good.
As per California law, landlord has to refund deposit within 21 days. I understand I can demand she refunds me 100% of my security deposit else I can take her to small claims court for double the amount of my security deposit - is that correct?
She charged me for extra rent past my move out date, deducted from my deposit. And also charged me for a burnt countertop, but not once within the 21 days after I moved out did she mention anything about this damage.
If I cash the partial security deposit check, am I agreeing to her conditons?
Can I cash the check and still dispute the charges?Memo written on the check says: "refund of deposit". The landlord's letter only says "enclosed find the check payment for your deposit refund". Three is no mention in the letter or on the check of the magic words "full and final payment"