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  1. #1
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    Default Security Deposits in New Jersey

    I live in a NJ garden apartment complex (# of units 100+). I put down a month and a half of security deposit. I received a check in Jan '06 for interest earned. The problem is my last name is misspelled and so technically I have been unable to cash in the check since I don't have an ID that matches the last name.

    The bank where the money is deposited will not give me any info on the/my escrow account - what do I need to do to verify if indeed the money was deposited and in my correct name?

    Am I within my legal rights to ask my landlord to apply the $$ to my rent since the money was never deposited in my actual name. What steps should I take to cover any "loop holes" prior to asking the landlord to apply $$ to my rent?

    Thx.

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    You should try to get your landlord to correct the error and to have the check reissued. I don't know that the landlord can directly access the money so as to apply it to your rent.

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    I did not ask what I should morally do.

    Answers to my specific questions would be most helpful.

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    If you didn't like Mr. Knowitall's answer, you won't like mine either. If you cannot negotiate the check due to an error on the part of the landlord, the landlord has not complied with the law. You can either ask the landlord for a replacement check, or sue, or use any provisions there may be in the law to help you.

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