What canI do to stop an eviction due to a deposit dispute?

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What canI do to stop an eviction due to a deposit dispute?

I own a mobile home and rent the lot. When I moved in I was told I needed 2 months deposit down and if in a year I am current it would be returned as applied to rent. My year came up and problems began; the property manager told me she was going to have the deposit released. The owner vetoed and said no only half and in 6 months time if you’re not late you can get the rest. I argued and eventually had no choice but to agree. Well it time to release the remainder and I receive an eviction notice 5 days. They are not doing what they said and I’m scared, nothing was ever in writing.

Asked on August 26, 2011 Illinois

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Is there any specific reason why you are being evicted by the landlord stated in the notice? If not, you are entitled to receive the return of your security deposit by the landlord since you are current with your rent.

It seems as though you are being evicted in retaliation for asserting what you believed was due you. If you do not want to vacate the lot you are renting, you need to have a meeting with the property manager first to see what can be done and if that does not resolve matters, have a meeting with the owner. If that does not resolve the situation where the eviction notice to you is rescinded, and if you can afford an attorney, you should consult with one who practices landlord tenant law as soon as possible.

If you cannot afford an attorney, see if your county has a "legal aid" program that assists people with legal problems such as you.

Good luck.


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