Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/Landlord refuses to return deposit


I rented a house in Baton Rouge, LA for 3 years without a problem.  The deposit was a full month's rent (about $1,000).  Upon vacating the property and moving to Nevada, I received a letter stating that the deposit did not cover the damages to the property (in which there were none.  The house was left in better condition than in which it was rented).  Since I am out of state, how do I handle this?  I appreciate any input.

Hi Cynthia,

To resolve disputes relating to the security deposit, both parties would probably need to go to small claims court in the area close to where the property is located. Of course, if the landlord sues you, then they will need to serve you.

You may want to write a certified letter to the landlord letting him/her know why you disagree with the accounting.

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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