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Forwarding Address/Security Deposit

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Michigan

I forgot to send my new address to my landlord when I moved out. My daughter and I had both rented apartments from him and had maintained a good relationship throughout our tenantship. When my daughter moved he accepted her address over the phone and sent her deposit back. When my lease ran out I talked to the landlord and decided, since I really needed a larger place, I would move in with my daughter and look for something bigger. He even called and hooked me up with his mother-in-law, who has a house that I'll be renting later this month. Anyway, since he had my daughter's address already and we'd discussed the fact that I'd be staying with her, I assumed he'd send my security deposit to me. On the 22nd I realized maybe he was being a stickler on the written notice so sent him a letter with the address. I'm sure in the lease there is a time limit for sending him that address. Does this relieve him of the obligation to refund my security deposit? There was no damage whatsoever and I'd expected the full amount.


Senior Member
bailey said:
Does this relieve him of the obligation to refund my security deposit?
Not leaving a forwarding address is not a claim for forfeiting security, unless so much time has passed that the deposit could be considered abandonded property.

3 weeks is nowhere near enough time for your deposit to be considered abandoned.

You gave notice of your address. If your check does not arrive in 4 weeks at that, write another letter.

After that, if need be, sue in small claims..

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