I moved out of a shared house and LL wouldn't give my $450 deposit back. She is also the tenant in the house. The list of deductions,
- Gas bill overage for January: I turned the heat up when I felt cold every other day. I work full time and am not home 3 days a week. lease states all utilities are included in rent.
- Heat wiring system renewal: She installed this in February which i didn't even know was happening until I saw a new thermostat after it was done. I didn't know about this charge until the day I moved out.
- Water filter: When I moved in, she told me I could use the water dispenser without no mention of filter replacement fee.
- Loss of new tenant: when the new tenant taking over my room asked about the shared house situation, I gave him an honest opinion and what happened, good and bad. He decided not to move in and according to her, that is because I told him the house situation and I am responsible for her loss of his deposit and first month rent.
I am leaving the country soon. What can I do to get my deposit back? I left the room as it was given to me and has caused no damage in the house. None of those charges are mentioned in the lease.
Your solution is to file a lawsuit against the landlord to get your security deposit back. However you need to be here to prosecute the claim and if you are leaving the country your options are limited..
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