My question involves a security deposit in the State of: California, moved in January 1'st with a 1 year lease - I ended up having to move took a new job by July - Spoke with the prop. manager and said he'd try and get it re rented. I gave him notice June 16th I returned the keys to him on the 22nd of June when we did the walk thru - he said the place was perfect - It should be I invested about $1000 in re-painting and put in vinyl flooring in the laundry room - i didn't expect to be reimbursed for that and fully intended to remain there for more then 2 years. And have plenty of pictures to show before and after.
When i turned in my notice (via email) also forward him emails from 3 prospective tenants from an ad I placed on craig's list - even added $100 to the price of the rent (seemed appropriate for the current market) during move out 2 of three parties visited to tour the place - and all were extremely interested.
I asked him on the 22 if I should re list the ad again and post pictures to get someone by July 1st - he said no he'd take care of it.
I drove by the place a few times and there was never a for rent sign posted. And another unit around the block had one ( different owner ) and was in worse shape and was $500 more expensive.
On July 28 by email I was send a letter from the manager stating that someone has taken possession of the unit as of July 28, and there for he is charging me 28 days of rent and a "15% New Tenant Placement Fee" and so now states I owe him about $68 - According to my research CA Code is 21 days from the date I surrender possession he is to deliver an accounting - (by certified mail?)
By my calendar he should have sent me a notice by the 13th of July - from the date I move out or 21 days from the 30days following my notice?
Also because he added a 15% fee any judge would throw the book at him regardless of me breaking lease because failure to timely notification statues I should be entitled to my full deposit possibly double the deposit? My deposit is $1275
Thanks for your advice.