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  • landlord keeping deposit New Jersey

    Hello Forum members,

    I am a student from Holland, living temporarily in the USA and not aware of the New Jersey rental laws and I'm hoping to find an answer to my question on this forum.
    My case is as following: I used to live in a house with three other roommates, rented by us 4 from a landlord living in another state. The house is considered a pretty "open" house, which means there is a lot of people traffic coming in and out of the house in the weekends and evenings. Also, the tenants have been refreshed every half year (since the house is rented by new students of the same company every half year).
    Now, there are no more new students and me and my roommates had to move out because we would leave the country soon. We delivered the house back to the landlord.
    The problem is that my deposit (which is a rolling deposit, paid to the previous tenant, who paid to the previous tenant, etc, until back to the landlord) is being held by my landlord and he doesn't want to return me my deposit.
    His reasons are that the house is not in an orderly state, which means he found things broken, the walls deteriorated, etc. However, these damages have been there when we all moved in and according to older students whom I talked to, have been there for 6 (!) years at least. This means that the landlord has NEVER visited the house, or is talking "muscles" when he says that the damage is my and my roommates' fault.
    Because of this reason, he is not willing to give me back my deposit, although I am 100% sure that the damage is not done by us, but during the past years that the house has been occupied by the same students.
    I don't stand strong in my case, because I don't have any pictures or evidence that can proof my right. However, the landlord has never given me a lease to sign and he has never visited the premises when I was there.

    Both parties stand weak in their case, but he has my money and I want it back.

    Is there anything I could do (he was wrong not giving me a lease e.g.)?

    thanks so much!

    Joeri Kiekebosch

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    Your question has nothing to do with employment law. Repost your question in the Real Estate Law forum elsewhere on this site.
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