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Can't get security deposit back. Any advice?

Posted by DaVe on December 30, 1997 at 15:01:56:

I entered into a one year lease agreement with my roommates on September 1, 1997. I broke that lease on September 16 (less than 30 days), and moved out on September 29. I agreed to pay October's rent and all my utility bills in full even though I wouldn't be there. They found another roommate who moved in by November 1.

Now, they're refusing to return my security deposit. They've stated that since I broke my lease, I'm not entitled to it. They're also claiming that the hardship I placed on them by moving out justifies their holding the security deposit. I argued that I have 30 days to break any contract and also paid for an extra month's rent -- giving them 6 weeks time to find another roommate.

What options do I have? Who is justified in their argument?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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