Posted by BWJ on June 30, 1998 at 15:41:27:
In Reply to: keep 1 mo. rent for key 3 days late? posted by Kim on June 30, 1998 at 12:39:39:
: First of all, this occurred in NH not NY, but I couldn't find a thing
: about NH rent laws on the net...
: My brother recently moved out of an apt. complex in NH. He moved on 5/30
: and returned the keys on 6/3. The landlords are now informing him that
: since he did not return the keys right away, it is their policy to charge
: him for one months rent! Their reasoning is that he "had access to the
: apartment" (what's he going to do in an empty apartment? and for 3 days?).
: As I said, they say it is "policy" but it is NOT in the lease and I have
: never heard of such a thing. Is this legal? He has been phoning them
: repeatedly and getting the run-around and no answers whatsoever. Please
: help! I am heading up there from NYC this week and want to help him
: straighten this out.
Mail a certified letter demanding the deposit, get it in writing why they are refusing to pay, then take them either to small claims or LL Tenant.
P.S. If you arent willing to put in the time and effort, which is really pretty minimal, then you will NEVER SEE YOUR MONEY AGAIN. THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU BEING TO LAZY AND WEAK TO DEFEND YOURSELF. Good luck and grind the bastards down.
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