My landlord did not return all of my deposit, is there a time limit to fight this?
I lived in an apartment for 9 months; the lease was 6 months. I gave it a very good cleaning upon move out. The only damage was a hole in the bathroom door for which I left the same size and color door for replacement. I was charged $70 for the door. I'm OK with that. They also charged almost $300 for painting the apartment and claim a large hole was in the hallway. This is not true. I have move out pictures and 2 witnesses. Is there a time limit to fight this? What refund they did mail was actually late by law with no explanation for keeping part of the money. I had to find them and ask why.
Here is the law according to the Washington State Bar Association. It is fairly strict:
"The landlord has 14 days after a tenant moves out to return a deposit, or give a written explanation of why it (or any part of it) was not refunded. If a landlord does not comply, the full amount of the deposit must be refunded to the tenant, regardless of any claims by the landlord that the tenant is not entitled to a refund."
You can sue them in Small Claims Court. I would do it right away. Here is the link to the Washington State Bar Association pamphlet that might help. Good luck.