Re: Landlord Collected Final Month's Rent but is Double-Leasing
a very simple rule applies to situations such as this. The LL cannot charge you rent and another tenant at the same time. Not sure what your LL was talking about with the
as soon as we handed over the keys we were liable for the full security deposit
You would not have forfeited you deposit as you did not breach the lease. You simply used the deposit for the last months rent. If you had not done that and actually paid for the month as usual, the LL would still have refunded the deposit and he would still owe you for the portion of the month the new tenants had possession of the house.
all you did, and even with his agreement, was to shift the funds around a bit to avoid paying the last months rent only to be refunded your deposit.
you deserve around 10 days worth of rent to be returned.
Hopefully you have terminated the utilities by now.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.