Landlord Can't Retain Security Deposit When No Lease Actually Executed
LVT Number: #30481
Prospective tenant who never took occupancy sued landlord for return of a $3,200 security deposit submitted with a lease application. A lease was never executed because the parties didn't agree on some of the lease terms. The court ruled for tenant. Where a proposed lease was never executed, and the application was merely an offer to lease subject to negotiations, landlord must return the security deposit despite a liquidated damages provision. The security deposit belonged to tenant, and landlord may utilize the deposit only in the event that a lease was breached.
Brandon v. Peckelis: 2019 NY Slip Op 51535, NYLJ No. 1569909893 (Dist. Ct. Nassau; 9/23/19; Carlton, J)