what to do about a landlord that won't give security deposit back?
The landlord has 30 days to either return the deposit or submit a statement of damages and charges against the deposit. If 30 days have passed you may submit a written demand letter asking for the above. If they do not respond you can sue them for the deposit and may be able to sue them for triple damages (you can in some states). The asbestos thing should have been addressed before the tenancy ended, I don't know there is much you can do about it now other than report it to city authorities. The breathing problems are a separate issue. There is really nothing she can sue for unless she can show medical expenses related to it and prove that they were caused by the asbestos. The improvements are irrelevant- any improvements made would revert to the landlord in any case, it was your choice to do them.
by gafpromise - 11 minutes ago
You should get a list explaining the costs. You said your friend did improvements, did she get the land lords permission. He may not consider them improvements and could charge her to change what ever her improvements were back to normal. As far as the asbestos, not sure what you local laws says about disclosing that info. If your friend what to pursue it he will need somebody more qualified than a gable to to prove that it is asbestos. Your friend should request a list of expenses form the land lord. If he doesn't produce it take them to court. As far as wear and tear if it is considered abnormal or considered damaged it can be charged.
by Ross - 11 minutes ago
0 % for wear and tear; the LL has 15 days to return the deposit. I presume your friend did a FINAL WALK THROUGH and knows what the LL claims in damages IF ANY. sue in court IMMEDIATELY, IF 15 DAYS have gone by. the LL has to prove why he did not return the deposit and if the answer is poor, your friend gets 2-3x the deposit back plus it. luck
by kemperk - 11 minutes ago
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