What can a landlord do If a tenant refuses to pick up their damage deposit?
Mail them the check to the forwarding address provided, or last known address along with an itemized list of deductions. Even if you had no itemized deductions, send the letter showing no deductions. Include the check number on the document. Mail to the recipient.
If the letter is returned to you, place the returned envelop in their file and forget about it.
If they call or demand the money, require they come in to see you in person, show them the returned envelop, give them the check out of the envelop, have them date and sign the envelop, then keep the
envelop for future reference.
Document everything in case they decide to take you to court for not providing an itemized deduction letter and check
within 30 days of them vacating the unit.
Let’s say they are stupid enough to sue you for their deposit money, show up in court with your documentation, use your envelop and documentation during your presentation to the judge, then demand compensation for your time, your lawyers time, and