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08 January 2007 @ 02:29 am
Rental law info  
Is anyone curious about how to go about getting a rental deposit back from a reluctant or cheating landlord? I'd be happy to post my tips about doing so, including how to write an effective demand letter and how to go to small claims court. I don't want to bore people if there's not enough interest.
Matrinkamatrinka69 on January 8th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Please, do. It isn't something I will personally need any time soon, but it is info I'd love to have on file for when the niece, my daughters, etc. are dealing with it, and we KNOW they'll deal with this.
purplerahkpurplerahk on January 8th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
yeah please do - I'd hope not to need it any time soon but who knows... especially since today I'm wondering how you're supposed to prove a negative...
Apparently the rent went up $75 on jan 1st, and apparently we all had notices back in sept (they're required to give 90 days notice) BUT seems like a lot of people never got notice, and we certainly didn't BUT how do you ever prove a negative?
Nor did we get the notice allegedly put in our mailbox friday saying that we owed the extra...
Strange stuff going on round here lately. Yep, I'm pissed lol Rent is already way high and now its 75 higher......
Ok, done bitching now.
Tapatitapati on January 8th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
When you go to court with a landlord over a deposit, in California anyway the burden of proof is on them!

That's why most landlords do the sensible thing and send any notices by certified mail and make you sign for them. :)

For California rental laws, this is the best guide:


It's put out by the state. Most states have something online and Nolo Press has good books about rental laws in different states as well as a guide for going to small claims court, which we used.

I will post some guidelines as soon as I have time. I have a busy week.