SECURITY DEPOSITS

Tenant Entitled to Full Security Deposit Refund

July 15, 2019    

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court, seeking a refund of his $1,737 security deposit. Landlord in turn claimed that tenant owed $5,000 for repairs made to the apartment after tenant moved out. The court...

Tenant Who Moved Out Five Days Late Entitled to Most of Security Deposit

March 15, 2019    

Former tenant sued landlord for return of his $3,000 security deposit after he moved out of the apartment. The trial court ruled against tenant, who appealed and won. Tenant moved out and returned apartment keys five...

DHCR Can't Rule on Tenant's Claim for Interest on Security Deposit

December 26, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, finding no overcharge. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant still claimed rent overcharge and also claimed that landlord never paid her interest on her...

Landlord Doesn't Have to Refund Security Deposit

February 14, 2018    

Former tenant sued landlord for return of his security deposit after he moved out of an apartment. The court dismissed the case after a trial. Tenant appealed and lost. The appeals court found that the trial court...

Landlord Can Collect Combined Security Deposit for Apartment Plus Parking

September 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge based both on his apartment rent and parking fees collected from the date that he moved in. He also said that his apartment was unlawfully deregulated while the...

Landlord Must Refund Second Month's Security Deposit

June 26, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge, specifically that landlord held more than one month's security deposit even though tenant was more than 65 years old. Landlord argued that it bought the...

Landlord Can Deduct Cost of Trash Removal from Security Deposit

March 28, 2017    

Former tenant sued landlord for return of $3,500 security deposit. Landlord claimed that tenant owed landlord money for damaging the apartment. The court’s arbitrator ruled for landlord in part. Tenant left 19...

Landlord Didn't Produce Itemized Estimates of Damage Repairs

January 24, 2017    

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court, seeking return of his security deposit. Landlord claimed that tenant’s dog damaged apartment moulding and that tenant altered an electrical outlet without...

Landlord Can Keep Security Deposit and Is Awarded Additional Damages

December 20, 2016    

Landlord sued former tenant in small claims court for repair expenses that exceeded tenant’s security deposit. The court ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Landlord proved that tenant caused damages...

Landlord Must Return Security Deposit

December 20, 2016    

Former tenant sued landlord for the return of his $6,300 security deposit. The court found that there were issues of fact requiring a trial. Tenant appealed and won. No trial was needed, and landlord must refund the...

Landlord Must Refund Tenant's Full Security Deposit

November 28, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord for failing to return tenant’s security deposit within 60 days after tenant moved out of the apartment. Tenant asked the court to rule in his favor without a trial. The...

Tenant Entitled to Return of Commingled Security Deposit Despite Breach of Lease

November 18, 2016    

Tenant sued landlord and prior landlord for recovery of his security deposit. The court ruled against tenant, who appealed and won. Landlord’s failure to give tenant written notice of what bank held tenant...