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Re: Help, Small Claims Ct. next week, suing LL for deposit

Posted by Lily N. Thall on January 31, 1998 at 11:15:10:

In Reply to: Help, Small Claims Ct. next week, suing LL for deposit posted by Karen on January 26, 1998 at 11:18:15:

: My landlord agreed to let me move out after 6months, even though I signed a year lease. there was a rat problem, a 5 ft. x 5 ft. hole in the back yard that led to the basement, in a very dangerous neighborhood. My roommate's boyfriend agreed to take my place. the landlord said that was fine, she even ran a credit check on him. she suffered no monetary or property damage from me, but refused to return my deposit, which was a month and a half's rent. Now we go to court in one week. Any advise as to what I should present to the judge??? I have an attorney friend coming with me, but he practices copyright law, knows nothing of lease matters.

Just tell that story. There were no damages, either physical damages,
and the owner did not suffer rent loss. Be prepared though for the
landlord to lie through his/her teeth.

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