My question involves a security deposit in the State of: California
I was sharing an apartment with two roommates, all of our names were on the lease. Things were not going amicably and I decided to move out at the end of the lease, I gave 2 - 3 weeks verbal notice to my roommates, but I don't think I even needed to since my lease was ending and I had not signed a new one.
The landlord typically wanted me to obtain my share of the security deposit from the new tenant since it would make for less work and the premises would remain occupied by bodies. I thought it would be fine but the new tenant will not pay me the security deposit within a reasonable time frame.
My lease states that the security deposit will be paid within 21 days of the date possession is delivered to the owner or his authorized agent (landlord). Since my old house mates still live there along with a new person, "possession" has not exactly been "delivered". However, since my lease ended didn't I effectively "return possession" to the landlord who in turn could find someone new (the new tenant) to obtain security deposit from? Haven't all my ties to the apartment and the landlord ended? Therefore I am owed a security deposit (minus any deductions should he choose to charge them, given itemized proof) along with a 5.2% interest (in the city of San Francisco, for the each year I lived in the space spanning 3/1/2008 to 3/1/2009).
I am owed money, but I am not exactly sure from whom. If it comes to it I know I can take someone to small claims court - but who do I legally go after?