Tenant Law: Deposit return


I recently moved out of the house I rented for 5 years. Last week I got back only ¼ of my security deposit. They sent me an itemized list, but some of the things I was charged for were inaccurate. There were two specifically I had questions about. One, they charged me for putting new screens on all the windows. However, there were only screens on three of the 8 windows when I moved in. However, I have no proof that was true. Would I have to have proof of this to pursued litigation?
Two, I was charged for “trash removal”, specifically the mattress and box spring I had left next to the alley by the trash. In this situation, I have emails that prove the city picked them up vs them removing them. However, they weren’t picked up until the 3rd and I moved out on the 31st. Does that extra 72 hours give them the right to charge me for their removal?

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Posted by Anonymous
Asked on September 24, 2019 2:45 pm
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You should not be charged for damages that occurred prior to you taking possession of the rental home, i.e. missing screens.

The issue of a Landlord improperly withholding a Security Deposit can be very costly on a Landlord. Under the Colorado Security Deposit Act a Landlord may be responsible for triple damages plus your attorney fees if he fails to timely account for the Security Deposit or acts in bad faith in his accounting. The Landlord has the burden of proof in these cases. You should consult with a Robinson and Henry attorney to determine if you have a financially viable claim against your Landlord.

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Posted by donald@robinsonandhenry.com (Questions: 0, Answers: 282)
Answered on September 24, 2019 3:03 pm