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Old 06-03-2010, 04:43 AM
 
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Can a tenant take me to court for returning her security deposit after the 21 day legal amount of time? I returned her deposit 45 days after she moved out and was wondering if there is anything she can do to me because her security deposit was returned late?
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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Technically they could take you to court over it. Why did you return it longer than 21 days and was it for the full amount?
If you are on good terms with them, you could explain your reason and probably nothing will happen.

Tom

http://www.rentlaw.com/dep/cadeposit.htm
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Can a tenant take me to court for returning her security deposit after the 21 day legal amount of time? I returned her deposit 45 days after she moved out and was wondering if there is anything she can do to me because her security deposit was returned late?
If she didn't do anything about it before the 45 days I wouldn't worry about it, but I do think you owe her an explanation and next time make sure you abide by the law.

Nita
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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California Law is very specific and rightly holds the property owner to a higher standard as the business professional.

Simply put... return the money in full within 21 days or provide a detailed account for not returning it... also within 21 days.

You really don't have much to protect you unless you attempted to return it to the tenants last know address and it was returned... at least, I've seen a judge dismiss when a good faith effort was made and can be proven.
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