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brmark70816
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Atlanta, GA
Member since Feb 2011
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Suing someone out of state
A few months ago, I moved to Georgia, from Texas. My former land lord hasn't returned my security deposit. When I emailed him, he said that he just doesn't have the money and will pay me when he can. That was a month ago, so now I'm thinking I might have to sue him for it.

The problem is, it isn't worth the time to drive back to Texas and all of the other expenses involved (it was only a $500 deposit). I think he kind of knows this, which is why he is dragging his feet like this. Would I have any other kind of recourse?


3morereps
Illinois Fan
The Gym
Member since Jun 2015
4967 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
In college i rented apartments. Seldomly, did a receive any of my security deposit back. I never beat up the property, but the landlords always seemed to find something to justify them holding onto to my deposit.

I think a lot of small claims courts would side with a landlord as well.

That said, if he already told you he was going to return your $500, you need to hold him to it. Especially if you have a record of him doing so


Twenty 49
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Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
11006 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
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Wrongful Withholding A landlord can be responsible for up to three times the amount of a withheld deposit plus attorney's fees if she attempts to wrongfully withhold a tenant’s security deposit. The landlord gives up the right to withhold any of the security deposit and might have to pay attorney fees the tenant incurs trying to recover his deposit if the landlord does not provide written a notice of any damages for the portion of security withheld.


Basics of the Texas Security Deposit Law

Tips on Getting Deposit Back

Write him a demand letter, cite the law, and set a deadline for him to return the deposit. Tell him you will file suit for the triple damages and attorney fees if he does not, and then do it if it comes to that.

You may be able to sue in a small claims court if there is one in the area where you rented. You may want to hire a lawyer who can handle it while you are in Georgia.
This post was edited on 2/10 at 2:35 pm


brmark70816
LSU Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Feb 2011
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re: Suing someone out of state
Thank you. That helps a lot. I will look into this..


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thatguy777
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Member since Feb 2007
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re: Suing someone out of state
Sue someone for 500 dollars. Just LOL


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
23471 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
At some point in most people’s lives $500 can be a lot of money and is needed. He’s owed the money. He should get it back.


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castorinho
Oklahoma Fan
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re: Suing someone out of state
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Sue someone for 500 dollars. Just LOL

This type of comment isn't necessary


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southside
SW of Monroe
Member since Aug 2018
91 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
If he has agreed that you qualify for your deposit to be returned then hold him to it. Bottom feeding slum lords are right there with lawyers and politicians, they'll do whatever is possible to get what isn't theirs. A well typed up formal letter should get the ball moving. $500 or $50000, it doesn't matter, you deserve what you are owed.


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baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Suing someone out of state
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In college i rented apartments. Seldomly, did a receive any of my security deposit back. I never beat up the property, but the landlords always seemed to find something to justify them holding onto to my deposit.


While I agree, most states require you to give an itemized list with prices for any deposit that is held. The landlord can't simply say, sorry you caused $1000 worth of damage.


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beachdude
LSU Fan
LA
Member since Nov 2008
2790 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
Write a demand letter. Threaten to take him to small claims court (in Texas where he lives or the property is located) and demand your deposit back. Local legal aid can take the case on for you and the landlord would have to pay them for your attorney fees and you double or treble damages for wrongfully withholding your deposit. Having said that, do you really want to go through all that aggravation for $500? If you can get pro bono representation, it may be.


brmark70816
LSU Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Feb 2011
4799 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
The guy wrote me and promised to send the money by March the 1st. So I might not have to go through with anything. But I appreciate all the advice..


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Twenty 49
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Shreveport
Member since Jun 2014
11006 posts

re: Suing someone out of state
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Local legal aid can take the case on for you


Most legal aid places require you be in complete poverty to qualify for help on a civil case.


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