How to get landlord to repay security deposit

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How to get landlord to repay security deposit

Post by sunflowerk » Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:43 am

Can anyone advise how to pressure landlord to repay security deposit?
All items noted on inspection visit have been addressed but still to get any repayment more than 3 weeks later. Contract stipulates repayment is due within 2 weeks. I had the same problem in my last place but got full refund after threatening them with legal action. This time amount is above small claims court limit so is not so easy. Landlord is overseas and gave agent's address on contract. Am worried that agent can just make use of their professional indemnity insurance to buy a better lawyer or drag things out indefinitely if I go this route.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Tue, 28 Dec 2010 7:46 am

Either you go to Small Claims Tribunal or CASE or go the agency the agent works for and make a complain.
Persistence is a must. Heartless is a requirement
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Post by JR8 » Tue, 28 Dec 2010 5:59 pm

Mad Scientist wrote:Either you go to Small Claims Tribunal or CASE or go the agency the agent works for and make a complain.
Persistence is a must. Heartless is a requirement
Do everything in writing from now so you have a record. Write to the agent pointing out that the landlord is in breach of the terms of the lease, and that if the deposit is not returned within 7 days you will [do as KSL suggests].

This might short-circuit the problem, and the need to go to the trouble of filing a complaint.

Plus putting the 'accused' on notice and giving them a chance to resolve the matter, rather than just swinging straight in with legal action is looked upon favourably by the courts.

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