If the apartment building that I rent at changed management, who is responsible for returning the security deposit?

We are ending our lease. However they said we will have to contact the old management to get our security deposit back. If the new management took over the building, aren’t they responsible for my deposit?

Asked on November 10, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Good question. Technically the owner of the building that you rented (former landlord) is responsible for returning your security deposit within the required time period per statute.

Most likely the former agent of the landlord (old property manager) transferred all funds to the new property manager. I would write the current property manager and the landlord a letter demanding your return of the security deposit by a set date, keeping a copy of the letter for future use.

If not received by the due date, your option is small claims court. Good luck.

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