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Old 05-20-2015, 03:56 PM
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I am disputing the itemized charges (and deficiency balance) from my security deposit. I already know the process (from research) that I need to put my dispute in writing, and if I am not happy with the outcome that I can take the landlord to small claims court.

My question is: this lease was with me and a roommate, so do we have to both write the dispute? If we go to small claims court do we both have to jointly file?

I ask because my ex-roommate and I are disputing amounts ourselves already with how the charges should be allocated between us, so it is possible that she may not cooperate with me to dispute these with landlord. I am ready to dispute alone, but I don't know if it is required to have us both.
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:53 AM
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One or both can file against the landlord.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:14 PM
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It is probably spelled out in the state law, so google it - no lawyers here, so don't take legal advice.

Logic tells me you would make a stronger case if both of you signed a dispute and together file a small claims court case.

When you moved in, did you do a detailed inventory of existing damage? Did you take pictures? You will need evidence like this to help your case.

Or did you or your roommate actually damage the rental, and you are in a dispute with your roommate over who is responsible? As far as the landlord is concerned, your liability is joint.

How much money is involved?
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