Complaint / review text:
I leased an apartment for one year which had a pedestal sink in the bathroom that had repaired cracks. It also had these cracks when the prior tenant occupied the same apartment. When the lease was up on October 31,2010, I gave notice to vacate. As the property was for sale the lease stipulated that either party could give a 2-month notice. I offered the 2 months and was told that we no longer had a lease and we concurred that I would depart on the 1st of December.
On 29th of November 2010 Curtis asked me when I was going to move. I asked if he had a renter as yet? He said not yet. As I manage a small Inn which was quite active at this time, I said how about I stay until the 15th instead and wrote a check for 1/2 half month rent for $600.00. It was accepted and I moved on the agreed upon date. From the time I gave notice, the apartment was shown sometimes a request was made that I show the apartment myself. Within 2 weeks of having moved I phoned Curtis to request my deposit return and left my P. O. Box number in the event he had discarded it.
I left additional phone messages in regards to the return of my deposit and on the 23rd of January, Curtis left me a rather rude message stating that due to the fact that I had broken his sink and it cost him $600.00 to fix it, and that also because he could not rent an apartment in the middle of the month, he would not be returning any of my deposit. On the 4th of February, Curtis sent me a certified letter stating the previous including a check for $50.00 for deposit returned.
I have not cashed the check. Shortly after moving I had a guest staying at the Inn who was moving to Key West and I suggested she take a look at the apartment that I had just vacated. She actually did lease the same apartment. Had I only known my own after effect. I did respond also by certified letter not accepting the $50.00 as a refund of deposit and reminded Curtis that the Florida rules state that he must notify me in writing of non-refund within 30 days of moving and he has not, and requested my refund immediately.
I have never had this happen to me and it seems there is no recourse each way I turn. My current landlord trusted me to give him my deposit and as yet, he is still waiting. This gives a bad impression of me. I pray I do not get evicted because I cannot give the deposit that I owe. I have contacted the Better Business Bureau and the Florida Realtor to seek help. He has not answered their requests. Thank you in advance for any solution you can help me with.