My question involves a security deposit in the State of California
I recently had a lease on a home from July 2008 - June 2009. I lost my job in November 2008. I really liked the home, but couldn’t find another job, so I couldn’t afford the $3100/month rent.
I let my landlord know I was going to break the lease on April 17th 2008 and I was vacated on May 16th 2008. The landlord did a walk through on May 16th and signed a “Release of Liability” from any damages or cleanliness. The home was still in perfect condition.
It’s now been 23 days since I’ve moved out and I haven’t heard a word from my landlord. She still has my $4000 security deposit.
Is that legal? Doesn’t she still have to write me a “Disposition of Security Deposit” stating she’s keeping my deposit for unpaid rent?
Technically I owe 2 month’s rent ($6200). BUT, couldn’t I sue her for double, or even triple the amount of the security deposit for “bad faith” since she didn’t write me a “Disposition of Security Deposit”?