My daughter rented a room without a lease in an apartment complex. The woman who was on the lease charged a security deposit and insisted all transactions be in cash. When my daughter started asking for a rent receipt the woman refused. We then found out that the woman had no right to rent and or charge a security deposit. My daughter gave 30 days notice to move. It's now past 30 days and the woman keeps saying she has 30 days and her attorney's are handling it. I also do not think the security was deposited into an interest bearing account. We have screen shots of venmo transfers showing the security deposit. What are my daughter's legal rights and what can she sue for if necessary?
Your daughter needs to sue her landlord for return of the security deposit. Landlords have strict obligations to maintain security deposits and return them within a certain amount of time. There are also additional fees that are associated with failing to timely return a security deposit which will benefit your daughter. She should institute suit as soon as possible.
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