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Old 12-03-2007, 06:54 PM
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I rented a house in Oxnard, Ca. and I put down a $1750.00 deposite. I move from there 5 1/2 months ago and after many talks with the management company they have yet to get me my refund. THey have even told me I deserve all of it back. I stayed the whole lease, no damage. They just don't send it. I call them once a week and even send e-mail twice a week. THey don't return my calls or e-mail. I just want this over. I can't let that kind of money drift off into nowhere. What can I do?

Thank You,

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:24 PM
Location: Sandia Park, NM
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Not sure where you moved to. I would give them one more notice (a written notice by registered mail if possible - it only costs a few dollars and looks like you really mean business) and say that unless you receive the money within 10 days (name the date) you will be filing in Small Claims Court. You have to mean it though. Check out where the nearest/convenient small claims court is, and then mention that in your email. Hopefully you are still in CA. If that doesn't work, I bet as soon as you file the case (costs $50 I think) they will cough up.

good luck
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:23 PM
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Security Deposit Abuse by one owner gives all owners a bad rap.

California Law is very specific... there is a provision for damages if the Landlord Acted in Bad Faith... which it sounds like they did.

It's a wild guess, but maybe the owner is in a financial bind and caught-up in the sub-prime mortgage mess.

Remember, going to court and getting a judgement is only half the battle... you still need to collect and that is often harder.

You might have to attach wages if he doesn't file bankruptcy and lien property he owns... If you are persistent and willing to wait years... you should recover with interest unless bankruptcy enters the picture.

Call you local Tenants Rights group first thing tomorrow... don't delay action!
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