Landlord Must Return Balance of Deposit to Tenant
LVT Number: 16555
Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court for the return of his security deposit. The court ruled for tenant. Landlord appealed and lost. Tenant was up-to-date on his rent when he moved out. Landlord didn't prove any damage to the apartment or other outstanding charges. The lower court's decision was just, was based on witness testimony, and shouldn't be disturbed.
Balzarotti v. Chou: NYLJ, 4/10/03, p. 18, col. 3 (App. T. 1 Dept.; Suarez, PJ, McCooe, Schoenfeld, JJ)