So two friends of mine looked at a place they liked, signed a lease, the move in date comes and goes, and the current resident never left. a month later they go somewhere else. the problem? the landlord wants to keep the deposit!
Seriously? like really? how much more of a piece of shit can you be? he even threatened to counter sue for up to a year's worth of rent if they try to take it to court. it's now several months later and the original resident is STILL in that apartment. He failed to provide what the lease obligated, and more importantly, double booked the apartment. clear violations of the lease they signed, yet this turd actually thinks he can get away with this.
My friends have someone in the building keeping an eye on that apartment, they want to wait until that guy finally moves out and a new lease is signed before they go to court. I think they should just file now, i can't imagine any court siding with this slumlord.
and apparently there is an exception in small claims court, while the typical max $ amount you can sue is $5000, in these cases the landord could counter sue for far more than that. nice double standard you lawless court system.