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Old 12-22-2011, 02:55 PM
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I put down a $600 deposit 2 weeks ago on a rental unit. I now cannot move in and have requested my deposit to be refunded, I did not sign any agreement with them. Am I entitled to get my deposit back?
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:03 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Technically no since you didn't sign an agreement. All real estate contracts are required to be in writing. Had you signed an agreement you would be bound by its terms and most likely would forfeit your deposit unless they were able to rent the space. For example, if they have a waiting list you wouldn't lose any money.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:07 PM
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What would be the point of a deposit if it were 100% refundable? More importantly, you said you have requested your deposit back but you don't say what the response was. You also don't say what was said, in the way of an oral agreement, when the deposit was given. Unless you're willing to go to small claims court, and face a "he said, he said" situation, you may be out of uck. I imagine the landlord will say they held the apartment off the market, and potentially lost rent, at your request. What is your interpretation?
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:17 PM
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Look at this thread. If I were you I would write a request to receive your deposit back and if you don't proceed in small claims court or hire an attorney.

Non-refundable deposits appear to be illegal in the state of CA, even if there is an agreement in place saying it's nonrefundable, which in this case there is not. There is no reason to think that a deposit would be non-refundable by "default" as one poster in this thread seems to imply.

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