SECURITY DEPOSITS

Tenant Gets Security Deposit Refund and Punitive Damages

May 25, 2022    

Former rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord in small claims court seeking $2,655 in damages for failure to return her security deposit, among other things. Tenant later amended her claim to increase the amount of...

Tenant Gets Full Security Deposit Refunded in Small Claims Court Action

May 25, 2022    

Tenant sued former landlord in small claims court for return of her security deposit as well as damages for a breach of the warranty of habitability. The trial court ruled for tenant and awarded her $2,738.

DHCR Can't Rule on Landlord's Failure to Return Security Deposit

March 23, 2022    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge after moving out of her Yonkers apartment. She claimed that landlord charged her two months' security deposit when she moved in, along with two...

DHCR Can't Order Security Deposit Refund After Tenant Moves Out

February 16, 2022    

Tenant complained to the DHCR in 2013 of rent overcharge. He lived in a building that received a RPTL 421-g tax abatement. But landlord claimed that the unit was unregulated and had refused to give tenant a renewal...

Landlord Didn't Forfeit Security Deposit Applied to Needed Apartment Repairs

February 14, 2022    

Landlord sued tenant for $12,000 in back rent owed between May and October 2020, as well as for $1,443, which was the amount in excess of the $17,000 security deposit that landlord spent to repair and restore the...

Landlord Can't Withhold Security Deposit for Repainting

August 24, 2021    

Former tenant sued landlord in Yonkers City Court, seeking a refund of her $2,035 security deposit. The trial court ruled for tenant in part and awarded her $1,026.

Tenant Awarded Full Security Deposit Refund

June 22, 2021    

Former tenant sued landlord in Suffolk County District small claims court, claiming that landlord improperly withheld her $2,400 security deposit. The court ruled for tenant. Landlord appealed and lost. In a small...

Security Deposit and Increase Must Be Based on Preferential Rent

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord offered an improper renewal lease by seeking to increase tenant's security deposit by more than a guidelines increase over the preferential rent paid by...

Landlord Must Reimburse Tenant After Self-Help Eviction

February 24, 2021    

Former tenant sued landlord for reimbursement of damages after landlord evicted tenant using self-help. Landlord and tenant entered an oral agreement for the apartment, and tenant paid landlord $600 for the first...

Tenants Never Received Security Deposit Refund

February 16, 2021    

Former tenants sued landlord for refund of their $18,600 security deposit. They lived in the apartment between 2014 and July 15, 2020, and claimed they left the unit in broom-clean condition. Landlord waited until...

Did Apartment Damage Justify Retaining Security Deposit?

January 25, 2021    

Former tenant sued landlord, seeking recovery of his security deposit. The small claims court ruled for tenant in part, awarding him a judgment of $2,605, representing the security deposit, but awarding landlord $500...

Landlord Can't Withhold Security Deposit for Damage to Backyard

November 22, 2020    

Former tenant of brownstone apartment sued landlord in small claims court for recovery of his $2,400 security deposit. The trial court ruled against tenant, who appealed and won. Landlord argued that she had to pay...