Moving out of an apartment can be stressful and expensive. It is precisely why getting your security deposit back can be a welcome financial relief. The problem is not all landlords play by the rules.
Connecticut law gives landlords a 30-day window to return your security deposit. However, a landlord is within their rights to keep security deposits if tenants break their lease or leave egregious property damage behind. If your landlord unjustifiably attempts to cite these circumstances, or if they simply appear unwilling to return the deposit, you can take them to court.
What tenants should know about going to court
Litigation, in general, can hinge on providing compelling evidence. Thankfully, with the signing of an apartment lease comes a paper trail. A landlord’s justification for keeping a security deposit should also be in writing. This can make it far easier to compare their word to the reality of the situation.
Can I get back my deposit?
That will depend on the details of your case. If it comes to light that they had no foundation for their claim, Connecticut can charge them double the cost of the deposit.
Housing nowadays is no shallow expense. Many tenants who anticipate the return of their security deposit are frustrated when that doesn’t happen. While there are conditions that permit a landlord to keep the deposit in full, some may attempt this maneuver without legal justification. In these circumstances, tenants may seek justice.