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Old 01-06-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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That has good examples of letters that I could use to send to a previous landlord?

I moved from a place in August (in Oregon) and yesterday (yes - 5 months later) they finally send me a statement with what they say that I owe. No breakdown of what it is for, etc.

I want to send them a letter that says that they did not follow the Oregon statutes of a Landlords responsibilities with regards to getting me everything within 30 days so they are out of luck.

Oh - and I have called them a couple of times in the last 5 months asking where the information is and was told that someone will get back to me and they never do (I have the calls documented in my daytimer).

The landlord that I dealt with (for 4 years) has a horrible reputation and is currently under 4 different lawsuits for various tactics that they have taken with previous tenants so I want to handle this as carefully as possible.

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I would just print out the relevant part of the statute and send that via certified mail. Did you have a security deposit?
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Unless you're trying to get back a security deposit I'd ignore it. If they file a lawsuit against you it'll be thrown out immediately since they didn't do what's legally required.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: NJ
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How did they send the letter? Regular or certified?
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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One certified letter should do it and than file your own small claims court case...make sure you have proof of his statement being late, for example by saving the envelope with the stamped date on it.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There are some letter form examples here for Texas laws which may be helpful examples. Be sure to read what your state laws say regarding how to demand the return of your deposit. From what I have read the laws are very similar. Austin Tenants’ Council/Tenant-Landlord Forms

These links for Oregon might help:

Fees and Deposits

Landlord and Tenant Law

http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/090.html
Read carefully this section on Security deposits see 90.300 Security deposits; prepaid rent.

The Oregon statutes give the landlord 31 days, not 30 days as stated by the OP. Oddly enough I found a state tenants rights advice brochure that also says 30 days. I'd go by what the law actually says.

Quote:
(11) In order to claim all or part of any prepaid rent or security deposit, within 31 days after the termination of the tenancy and delivery of possession the landlord shall give to the tenant a written accounting that states specifically the basis or bases of the claim. The landlord shall give a separate accounting for security deposits and for prepaid rent.
Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections: Oregon - HUD
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Cotton growing Texas.
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Unless you're trying to get back a security deposit I'd ignore it. If they file a lawsuit against you it'll be thrown out immediately since they didn't do what's legally required.

This.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Thank you everyone!

The only letter that I got from them was yesterday and that is 5 months after we moved so should not be hard to prove to a judge if they file suit.

Thanks again everyone.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:04 AM
 
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That has good examples of letters that I could use to send to a previous landlord?

I moved from a place in August (in Oregon) and yesterday (yes - 5 months later) they finally send me a statement with what they say that I owe. No breakdown of what it is for, etc.

I want to send them a letter that says that they did not follow the Oregon statutes of a Landlords responsibilities with regards to getting me everything within 30 days so they are out of luck.

Oh - and I have called them a couple of times in the last 5 months asking where the information is and was told that someone will get back to me and they never do (I have the calls documented in my daytimer).

The landlord that I dealt with (for 4 years) has a horrible reputation and is currently under 4 different lawsuits for various tactics that they have taken with previous tenants so I want to handle this as carefully as possible.

Any suggestions?
Just send them a letter and tell them this...
Koale
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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That has good examples of letters that I could use to send to a previous landlord?

I moved from a place in August (in Oregon) and yesterday (yes - 5 months later) they finally send me a statement with what they say that I owe. No breakdown of what it is for, etc.

I want to send them a letter that says that they did not follow the Oregon statutes of a Landlords responsibilities with regards to getting me everything within 30 days so they are out of luck.

Oh - and I have called them a couple of times in the last 5 months asking where the information is and was told that someone will get back to me and they never do (I have the calls documented in my daytimer).

The landlord that I dealt with (for 4 years) has a horrible reputation and is currently under 4 different lawsuits for various tactics that they have taken with previous tenants so I want to handle this as carefully as possible.

Any suggestions?
There may be examples on the landlord tenant rights page for the state involved. I wouldn't have waited this long, but since you did you really should just mail a letter to the landlord tenants association, or whomever your state refers these cases too, incl. small claims court. You are supposed to have gotten this 30 days after move out. Also, someone recently posted that in some states you can get triple because they haven't complied. I would seek the advice /free consult of an attorney, and proceed to your payday!
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