Landlord Withheld "Move-Out Fee" from Security Deposit

LVT Number: #30722

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court for $5,000, after landlord failed to return his full security deposit. Although tenant's lease ran through Aug. 31, 2019, tenant broke his lease and moved out mid-July. He claimed that he "surrendered" the apartment on Aug. 1 although he didn't return keys to landlord. Landlord billed tenant for August rent and automatically deducted it from tenant's bank account. Landlord returned tenant's security deposit on Sept. 13, 2019, but deducted $375.

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Swenson v. Westminster Mgt., LLC: Index No. 16427/19, 2020 NY Slip Op 50381(U)(Civ. Ct. NY; 3/32/20; Kraus, J)