My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New Jersey
Hi Law Experts, thanks in advance for reading my question .
I have a property in the state of NJ that was initially rented by two persons. Ms A and Mr B back in 2013 when they were still in relationship. The lease was signed by both of them but the security deposit was given via a cashiers check which had only Ms A's name on it. Until when Mr B stayed there they both paid the rent fifty fifty but after he moved out ms A paid the rent in full. The lease expired in July 2015 and mr B moved out but Ms A continued to stay on a month the month basis until Jan 5th that's when she gave me the keys back. They had made some changes to the wall paint which they didn't bring it back in the same color as I gave them earlier, also the h/w floor was damaged, has stains, scratches and scuff marks which was not before when I gave them the house. My questions are as per below.
1) when returning deposit, am I supposed to split the deposit and give it back 1/2 and 1/2 to both of them? Or can I refund the entire amount to Ms A. Should I ask mr B to give in writing that he has no objection to me refunding the entire deposit to Ms A?
2) can I deduct the repair charges from the deposit? Is there a process?
Please reply and advise, thanks for all your help.