Hi, I saw that someone had written and received an answer to his tenant question. Here is mine in the hope I might receive some advice.
I rented a home in Redwood City for 21 months. I signed a lease that expired after the first year and was not asked to sign for another year. I gave one month's notice. My deposit was $2,000.
I thoroughly cleaned the house, including the bathrooms, the refrigerator, stove and oven, all cabinets, window sills, floors, and filled-in and sanded and repainted holes where I had pictures hanging.
I, along with two other people, did this work for eight hours.
My original agreement with the landlord called for the return of my deposit within seven days or an accounting.
It has now been nine days and I have not gotten the money or any idea of what they are planning to keep.
When I moved in, I asked if I could do some painting as I didn't like to live in all white rooms and was told that I could.
As of last week I was told they liked my decorating and were not going to paint over the colors I had chosen.
Now they are saying that they have to have the whole interior repainted.
I am 62 years old and need that money.
What can I do?
A Under California law, Mary, the landlord had 21 calendar days to return your deposit or tell you what deductions he made, if any. He must have receipts.
If the landlord misses the 21-day deadline, he forfeits his right to make any deductions and must return to you the full $2,000.
If you need some more help on this, you can contact Project Sentinel at 408-720-9888.
Also, as a renter, you should know all the rules. You can find them at http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/l.../index.shtmlat