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Old 02-14-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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The guy could be guilty of a crime even if he's also liable in a civil suit. The DA, however, isn't required to prosecute the guy; he's within his discretion leaving you to pursue the funds in GDC, figuring it's not worth his limited resources to prosecute the guy. That sucks, obviously, but it is what it is ... they don't have the resources to go after everyone.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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it's a civil (contract) matter. if anything, he/she could sue in small claims court for the money plus damages but that usually doesn't bode well since most losers end up filing BK and not paying the judgement.
I think it's not just a civil issue if the landlord has violated the escrow laws. And just for your education, small claims court don't award damages.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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It matters who owns the property. Fannie Mae, for instance, won't automatically kick a renter out. Actually, if they like the terms and you find the offer amenable, they may just keep you under the lease and retain the deed. Find out who owns the property - you can usually look these up on both Fannie and Freddie's websites. If it's a bank property, call the bank and see if they want to work something out. All the major lenders have TONS of REO at this point, and so might work with you.
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