We completed 4 years of renting with our landlord. They have not returned the $2200 security deposit or provided itemized expenses in 4 months. I began contacting them almost 2 months ago requesting return of deposit. They claimed we damaged the hardwoods. Several subsequent texts have been ignored. I finally reached the landlord last week and she said the estimate is “expensive” before saying she had to talk to her husband and saying she would call back. She has not gotten back to me. I’m tempted to send a 7 day demand letter, but if she returns the deposit in 7 days, my understanding is there are no treble damages.
You are correct the 7-day demand letter is an opportunity for the landlord to avoid treble damages. If the landlord fails or refuses then you can bring suit for treble damages and attorney fees. You may want to have an attorney assist you if you proceed beyond the 7-day demand letter stage.
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