How can I go about trying to locate this landlord so I can get my security deposit back?

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How can I go about trying to locate this landlord so I can get my security deposit back?

I rented a shared property with the owner; he gave me access to the entire place. I gave a security deposit and rent, paid bi-weekly, moved out 2 months ago. However I can’t locate the landlord to retrieve the security. He promised he would pay the money but it would take 2 months to give it back, because that is how long I took to pay him (his quote). Will I need to hire an attorney?

Asked on September 15, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states, a landlord is required to return a former tenant's security deposit within a certain time period after he or she moves out (21 to 45 days) and if the full amount is not returned in that time period, the landlord must set forth an itemization of the amount deducted and provide written receipts and invoices showing the deduction.

It seems that 60 days for the return of your security deposit is not acceptable.

I suggest that you write the landlord at his last known address seeking the return of your security deposit by a certain date. Keep a copy of the letter for future reference. If not received within the stated time period, your option is small claims for its return. In small claims court you do not need an attorney.

Good luck.


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