Moved out April 11th. Received move out statement April 23rd charging me $170 out of my $300 security deposit. Did not receive my security deposit refun of $130 so after 14 days I contacted the landlord which is managed by a corporate office out of state. My lease states that BOTH the move out statement AND security deposit refund must be returned within 14 days of move out. The landlord company says that Wa state law trumps my lease and Wa state law does not require this. I now received a check (7+ weeks after move out) for my full $300 refund but am still required to pay the $170 charges within 14 days or it will go to collection. Do I have a case here for small claims court?
RCW 59.18.280 says they have to provide you with a full written and detailed accounting of what funds they are withholding and why.
I would tell them that since they returned it all, they implicitly agreed you didn't need to pay any damages. If they don't buy that, give them the money you owe, since you did in fact receive the statement, and don't seem to be disagreeing with it.
As to taking them to small claims court, you could, but there's no guarantee that you would get to keep the $170.
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