1. Landlord kept tenant's security deposit and informed tenant about the reasons in writing (certified letter). Hereby, landlord explained situation in detail with pictures. Damage exceeded security deposit. 2. Tenant objected in writing (certifified letter). Denied all damages. 3. QUESTIONS: A) What is the next step? B) Are additional letters from either side required or can one of the parties file a law suit? C) Also, landlord resides outside the U.S. Where will such a law suit be handled?
1. If you are a landlord you need an attorney on call to help you solve problems like this--before it gets this far. Most experienced lawyers I know would be glad to accept a (small) retainer and then act as your general counsel.
2. If you are the tenant seeking to recover part or all of your security deposit you do not need a lawyer; the next step appears to be for you to file an action in the small claims division of the local county court.
The next step is for a lawsuit to be filed in the same county that the premises are in.
No additional correspondence is necessary.
The owner will need to hire an attorney in the county to initiate or respond to the lawsuit.
A. The Landlord maintains the deposit in its statutorily protect account; and thenone of the parties has to file a law suit in B) the county in which the property is located. Hope this helps. gsg
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