I moved out of state: I now live in Connecticut. The landlord is aware of that and was provided with my new mailing address, since I did not want my mail forwarded. I sent certified mail twice to the landlord return receipt with my new address and requested the return of my deposit. Their management office says they have no info and cannot help and are not allowed to provide building manager's phone number. I must write to them. The landlord only has a P.O. Box for communication. The apartment was left clean, I returned the keys and left by the end of the lease. I did not owe them anything: my rent was paid up to date. Notice of my intention to vacate the apartment and not renewing the lease was given 5-6 weeks prior to move out date.
You can take your landlord to small claims court and get a truck for gas him for your security deposit you won't need copy of your check for security or some other documentation to show that you have in fact paid your security deposit
As my colleague noted, you many commence a small claims action back in New York for the return of your security deposit. This website with information from the court may be a helpful place to start: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/smallclaims/startingcase.shtml
Dear Patchogue Tenant:
You are clearly getting the run-around--they all know you are out of State and so never ever likely to start a Small Claims Court lawsuit to recover a judgment for the confiscated security deposit.
Instead, get in touch with the Town of North Hempstead and find out if you have a right to access and receive a copy of the Rental Occupancy Permit. The landlord has to provide an address. See: http://www.northhempstead.com/filestorage/16281/16525/21336/21342/Rental_Occupancy_Permit_Renewal_Application-Final.pdf
You could also go to online the New York State Attorney General. Print the security deposit complaint form and follow the instructions for filing the complaint.
New York State does not have a law with a deadline to return the tenant security deposit and thirty days is well within a normal period to wait it out.
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As stated I would commence a small claims action against the ex landlord. Provide proof to the court of your certified letters requesting your deposit return and go from there.
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