My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Colorado
Okay so here is the situation. Last winter I had taken over a spot in
a lease (I'm not 100% sure I actually signed the lease, as it was rather an informal situation of me taking over another persons spot) for one room in a 3 bedroom condo. I left a deposit, and all was well. For the last 2-3 months of my stay, I adopted a dog and kept him in the apartment, which already had one dog. Apparently, there is wording in the lease that there is only 1 dog allowed in the apartment. When the landlord heard about the dog, which I wasn't trying to hide or anything, he kindly requested I send him a $100 pet deposit. I figured this wasn't unreasonable, so I sent him this money. After I left, I called him to explain there was some water damage on the carpet, which he then informed me had been there when I moved in, and was not my fault. So all seemed good, landlord said nothing about not returning my deposits.
Fast forward, I don't hear from him for a couple months, try to call him, no luck. Try again, again, and again, still nothing. Email him, no response. Only today when I called him on my landline (different number) did he actually answer; clearly he had been ignoring my correspondence. He said he was debating whether to return the deposit, or how much to return, because I brought the dog into the condo despite there being no actual damage. He also claimed the pet deposit was non-refundable.
So my questions are:
1) if he isn't able to produce a signed copy of the lease, how would this affect matters?
2) Currently I live in Ohio, he lives in California, but still has the condo in Silverthorne, Colorodo. If there was legal action to be taken, how could I go about it without being IN CO?
3) To me, a deposit is always returned, unless explicitly stated otherwise. I imagine this will be in the lease in some way. Assuming the lease doesn't explicitly say the pet deposit is non-refundable, am I able to go after him for this $100?
Many thanks in advance for any advice!!