Landlord Can't Seek Property Damage Compensation from Vacating Tenant

LVT Number: #30766

Landlord sued former tenant of a single-family house in small claims court for $5,000, based on unpaid rent and damage to property. The court ruled for landlord in part, finding that tenant owed unpaid rent of $2,950. Landlord therefore could retain tenant's $1,800 security deposit. This left a balance of $1,150 due to landlord.

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Diaz v. Cunningham: Index No. 100/2020, 2020 NY Slip Op 20101 (City Ct. Middletown, Orange Co.; 4/28/20; Guertin, J)