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sharing - security deposit

Posted by Igoa on April 11, 2001 at 14:05:18:

i am in the situation where a share has gone sour. my roomate, who has lived there the longest (2 years)- has asked me to move out. As part of the sharing, I paid the prior roomate whose room i took over a security deposit. This was a cash transaction with no paper involved. Now the current roomate is disputing such a transaction ever occured and that the person following - a friend of hers - will not pay a security deposit to me to keep the balance. I cannot trace back the whereabouts of the former roomate to confirm this transaction. So this a word against word situation. The question then boils down to what can i do to remedy my deposit? if I short pay the rent - and since she is the only holder of the lease - will she be ultimately be responsible for the difference of the rent? What are my legal options?

it is to add that i am not 100% sure that she does have a written lease.

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