SECURITY DEPOSITS

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...

Landlord Can Withhold Daily Use and Occupancy from Tenant's Security Deposit

August 21, 2016    

Former tenant sued landlord for the return of his security deposit after he moved out of the apartment. The court ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund the deposit, minus the sum of $55 to be withheld for...

Tenants Removed Light Fixtures

December 15, 2015    

Former tenants sued landlord for return of a portion of their security deposit withheld after they moved out. Landlord returned $800 but kept $1000, claiming that tenants had removed lighting fixtures. The court...

Landlord Gets Minor Set-Off to Security Deposit Refund

October 23, 2015    

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court to recover his security deposit. The court ruled for tenant in part, awarding him $1,729 after set-offs. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that tenant...

Landlord Can't Deduct Extermination Costs from Security Deposit

June 16, 2015    

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court, seeking...

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