Re: [infoguys-list] Legal Question: Landlord tenant dispute, specifically lea...
- Anyone can bring a case at law, but whether you can win or not is a
different question Jim. The bad aspect of your case, is nothing is in writing. It may
be a he said-she said case unless you have independent witness''s to your
I am not sure what State you are in but you may want to look up the
Landlord- Tenant act in your State to see if it address's this issue.
I know in Florida, that if a Landlord intends on keeping your security
deposit they must send a registered letter within ten days. If they fail to do
that, they often loose the case.
None of this is considered to be legal advise and always consult a Lawrer
for questions of law.
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In a message dated 11/5/2007 10:28:57 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
First of all, I apologize if this is not the appropriate forum in which to
post this question. If
so, then please just disregard and/or please point me in the right
Here's my question:
My girlfriend recently had to relocate to another city and break her lease
in the process.
Her landlord gave her a verbal OK to do this, with the caveat that she may
be liable to pay
the rent until such time as the unit was re-rented, as specified in the
However, the landlord also agreed to allow us to essentially re-rent the
unit. He indicated
that he was happy to do this since it would save the cost of a real estate
agent to re-rent
the unit, as the cost for this service is typically one month's rent. The
landlord would of
course have to approve any new renter we found based on their employment
As a result, and at some time and expense to us, we took gorgeous
of the unit, built a Web page to advertise it, and placed ads in the local
newspaper (as well
as Craigslist and other places), and showed it to prospective tenants.
To make a long story short, we found numerous qualified tenants based on the
our advertising efforts and he signed a lease with a new tenant with no
lapse in rent.
But here's my problem: he kept her $1,500 security deposit. We were led down
the path of
believing that we would avoid any costs by renting it ourselves. He agreed
to allow us to
do that although we didn't get it in writing. By not telling us that he was
going to keep the
security, and willingly accepting all the work we did to re-rent the unit, I
amounted to being unjustly enriched. In addition, since he agreed to let us
out of the lease
if we re-rented it, he shouldn't have kept our security.
Do you agree? Do we have a case in attempting to recover the security
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