What to do if my roommate will not give me my share of the deposit refund check?

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What to do if my roommate will not give me my share of the deposit refund check?

My situation relates to an old roommate issue. Our final deposit refund check was sent out to my old roommates new address. I updated her on what we were charged for and she decided since she put more money in because of a pet deposit that she should get all the money for herself. She not only will not give me any money, but I believe she will forge my signature on the check which has both our names on it and cash it. What should I do? I don’t want her to get away with either situation.

Asked on August 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your former roommate received the deposit refund check from your former landlord and will not return to you your share of it, you should do the following:

1. write the former roommate a note asking for the return of the money by a set time.

2. if not received by the demanded time period, your recourse is small claims court.


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