I am retired in Florida and rent a house in Massachusetts. My tenants and I mutually agreed to end their lease early, with 14 months remaining on the lease. I returned their security deposit (minus water charges and front door repair = $235) via certified mail. It arrived on day 31 (day 30 was a Sunday) after the lease ended. They are now suing me for treble damages. How does the court commonly look at such an issue?
You need a lawyer.
I doubt that the sole basis for their lawsuit is the 30 days. There are about 500 things that a landlord is required to do when they take a security deposit and about 500 more things they're required to do when they keep a portion of it. It would be easy to believe that you messed up one of those without even knowing it.
Go get a lawyer and they'll tell you what your risk is.
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