My friend and I found a house to rent, and the landlord told us that it was a month-to-month lease. The rent was $700 per month, and the deposit was also $700. We signed a contract stating that a security deposit of $700 and first month’s rent of $700 were paid before moving in. My friend and I paid with separate checks that stipulated that our money was for half of the security deposit, and half of the first month’s rent.
Although my friend paid her half of the first month’s rent, she never ended up moving in. I paid the second month in full, and gave my landlord a 30 day notice telling him I would be moving out because my friend never ended up moving in.
Now, he is telling me he will only refund my half of the security deposit because I told him that she never moved in. He also told me that he had to fix two doors that were broken, and he would be taking this money out of my half alone before he refunds me, because she never moved in, so it is not her responsibility. He told me he discussed this with his attorney and that he “knows his rights”… but when I prompted him for the attorney’s name, he would not give it to me.
This sounds completely bogus to me, but I am not aware of the law… can you guys help me out? Or give me a resource to dig further into this? Thanks!