Topic: Tenant rights: Our landlord is pulling our security deposit over an email
Tenant rights: Our landlord is pulling our security deposit over an email
Our landlord recently told me he’s pulling our security deposit. The short version of the exchange is that he told us there will be prolonged construction on our unit. I asked for a rent adjustment accordingly for the period of construction. He said no, I said I would send him an estimate. Nothing more. He concluded with “I’m pulling the security deposit.”
Below is the exchange in detail for any interested in reading it. Basically I’m wondering does he have the right to do this and what repurcussions are available to me.
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM, XXXXXXXManagement<[email protected]> wrote:
Please note that we will deduct any balance from your security deposit when you move out of the unit.
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM, Tenant A <[email protected]> wrote:
We will send you what we think is appropriate at the end of construction.
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On Jul 11, 2012, at 6:16 PM, XXXXXXXManagement <[email protected]> wrote:
Unfortunatley, there will be no adjustments towards your rent to upgrade your unit.
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM, Tenant A<[email protected]> wrote:
It is standard practice when there is substantial construction work being done on the apartment to receive an adjustment in rent for the period of the work for the disruption. When work is complete we will send our estimate based on the time taken.
All the best,
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On Jul 11, 2012, at 5:22 PM, XXXXXXXManagement <[email protected]> wrote:
The contractors will be back tomorrow and most likely until the end of the next week to frame the duct work and to wire the unit. In addition, they will mud, sand and fix any drywall damage from the air duct installation. Once again, I want to thank you guys for your understanding and cooperation.
I will let you know when the contractor is scheduled to install the electric panel. We will need to clear out the bedroom closet to the left of the kitchen the day we install the electric panel.
On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM, XXXXXXXManagement <[email protected]>wrote:
We will install the air ducts for the HVAC system this Wednesday and Thursday. To facilitate the HVAC technicians in the installation of air ducts, we ask that you please remove your personal belongings and furniture within or alongside the following:
-The closet in the hallway
-The closet in the bedroom to the right of the kitchen
-The walls adjacent to this closet (especially the one that runs parallel to the long entrancehallway)
-The wall opposite the fireplace in the living room
-The wall in the bedroom to the left of the kitchen, which runs along the living room
The air ducts will be exposed and we will cover it with drywall a week or two after the installation. In addition, the electrician will wire the unit a few days after the air ducts are complete and install an electric panel next to the hallway closet. I will let you guys know exactly when we will be back to cover the air ducts and to wire the unit. Finally, we will need to enter your unit again in a few weeks to install the air handler inside of your closet. Please understand in construction, the work may take a day or two longer than expected. We want to thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
We will have a cleaning crew who will clean up every time the contractors are in your unit.
PO Box XXXXX
Washington, DC 20009
T: (XXX) XXX-XXXX
F: (XXX) XXX-XXXX