What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? New York State
My girlfriend had a one year lease that concluded at the end of March for a house in New York. She put a $3200 security deposit down and took pictures of the house before moving in. Before the end of the lease, she gave a written letter to the landlord stating she would not be renewing. Before leaving the house, she and the landlord did a walk through to verify that everything looked alright and that there was no damage, which he agreed with. She moved into her new house and never received the security deposit from the landlord. She sent him a certified letter, which he signed for requesting payment of the security deposit more than a month after she left the house. Today, she received a letter from her former landlord stating he was suing her in small claims for $800 in damages. She has pictures of the house upon entering and leaving it to show the condition of the house did not change while she was there?
What can we do? I truly believe the landlord is doing this simply because she's young and he cant afford to give her the security deposit back, hoping she'll drop it. We desperately need advice. Thank you in advance.