State is Alaska
I'm subletting my apartment (landlord is fine with it) fully furnished on a short-term (8 mo) lease.
I asked for first, last and security deposit to cover damage to my furniture or the apartment.
The person renting sent me a single deposit of $2,750 to cover the deposit ($750) and first and last month's rent. I deposited it, then she called me about a week later telling me she bounced the check.
She had not yet moved in, but had sent boxes to the apartment (one with cat food coming out of it). There are no pets allowed and it was a big signal she probably had a cat too and wasn't going to tell me about it.
I told her sorry, she could not move in. She was late getting me the check and bouncing it, regardless of whatever her problems are, shows me this will probably happen again and she's broken the agreement already. Plus the cat food thing was a big tip-off.
This cost me a month rent because I was ready to move and now can't because I need to be here to rent it out.
My question now that I've just got the check back - should I redeposit it, take a month's rent out and send her back the rest?
It was my decision not to rent to her, but it was her decision to bounce the check...