Can I get my security deposit and last month’s rent back?

I signed a lease that was to start 13 motnhs ago. I never received a key, therefore, I did not pay the rent. My roommates took me to court for rent while they had another person living in my supposed rent and the judge found in my favor. I’m just trying to figure out if I am entitled to my security deposit and last month’s rent?

Asked on June 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

One would need to read the paperwork involved here and the decision rendered by the Judge,  But theoretically you should be entitled to get back what ever the money is that you paid out if you were not permitted to reside in the place. But was the madnlord involved in any of these proceedings or aware of the matter?  THey may not be the one to go after for the rent.  The occupants may be the proper parties.  But the security would be the landlord.  Good luck.

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