If my roommate lied about the amount of deposit that needed to be paid plus overcharges, is there anyway to get the money back?

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If my roommate lied about the amount of deposit that needed to be paid plus overcharges, is there anyway to get the money back?

I replaced a tenant in the house because she was returning to her country. Before coming in, I signed an agreement stating that my deposit was $700 and that I would receive my deposit back from the landlord when the term ends. I was not being smart and was unaware that this was not a lease that I signed with the landlord but with my roommates. I found out that the security deposit that the landlord will be reimbursing to me is actually $570. Meaning I paid an extra $130 to the roommate who left. Everyone is denying everything and I don’t know if I will get my money back.

Asked on February 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your former roommate lied concerning the amount that you paid him or her as to the extra $130 that should not have been paid ($700 vs. $570), your recourse would be to bring a small claims court against this former roommate if he or she will not voluntarily pay you the $130 that you are writing about.


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