Hi, I payed a security deposit check on 7/19/18, it was cashed on 7/20/18, and later on 7/20/18, received the lease documents and addendum from the owner. Top of the lease states, "THIS FORM HAS IMPORTANT LEGAL CONSEQUENCES AND THE PARTIES SHOULD CONSULT LEGAL COUNSEL BEFORE SIGNING." I consulted a family member who is an attorney, he suggested some changes to the lease language on two points and one point in the addendum. I submitted these notes by PDF to the owner on the morning of 7/21/18 and received a call from the owner that I was nit-picking on the language-change requests to the lease. Owner said she would speak with her mother about the language-change requests and get back with me. She emailed me back the next day 7/22/18 again, writing that my requests were nit-pciking, but that she was willing to acquiesce on one change request on the lease. In that email she closes by writing "Let me know today if you want to proceed or decline." I responded that evening on 7/22/18 declining the rental unit. I have not signed the lease, application has no language about security deposit acting as earnest money or a holding fee. Am I entitled to my security deposit back? Thank you
Your description of events gives no justification for the landlord to keep the security deposit.
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