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lommel20

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I'm in Minnesota. I rent a house with 3 other people and our lease is up at the end of the month. I'm moving the other 3 are signing a new lease to stay at the house. I asked about getting my deposit back and was told that I don't get anything because it's tied to the lease which doesn't make sense to me because the current lease will be done and they'll be signing a new lease. Has anyone else came across an issue like this? Any help is appreciated.
dishrodger

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if 1 or more people remain, the deposit stays
lommel20

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If they eventually leave at some point would I get it back then or am I basically fucked?
Maxmillian

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This situation is a pitfall of being a roommate.If your roommates have any integrity ,when they replace you,they should collect a deposit from the new tenant and refund it to you. Of course the landlord will have to accept the new person .Another possible scenario is that they need your share of the rent .You may have left them hanging  .In that case you're out of luck .For new landlords who read this ;Avoid renting to roommates ! The exception would be solid students  studying for an advanced degree .Skip the kids 'They will leave a mess . Maxmillian
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lommel20

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They aren't replacing me, they're just taking on the extra cost of rent once I leave and they sign a new lease amongst the 3 of them. They definitely have no integrity so I guess I won't be expecting anything out of them.
dishrodger

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you can file a small claims action to get your security back.  take lots of pics, date stamped
billy76

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I was in a similar situation as you about three years ago. Two friends and I rented a house. After a year, one tenant leaves and a new tenant replaces him WITHOUT PAYING A DEPOSIT. Apparently the vacating tenant and incoming tenant made some sort of agreement.

Anyways, two years later I leave but the other two roommates stay, deciding to split the costs between them. I assumed whoever claimed my room would refund me my deposit. It was the same guy who finagled his way in the first time without paying a deposit. And HE REFUSED TO PAY AGAIN! So this got me pretty angry and I considered filing small claims against him. Eventually I managed to to get $200 out of them so I dropped the whole thing for the time being.

Two years later the finagler is the only person left and still has not refunded the original tenant his deposit or me the rest of my deposit. Considering filing small claims again.

RRH

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Reason is the deposit is not required to be returned by LL until the LL get possession of the house back. In this case that has not happened.

The proper thing to do is for the roomates to buy you out of your deposit but not required to do so. You had to trust them or had a seperate roomate agreement. Which nobody thinks about.

Send the landlord a certified letter reminding him that when he ever does return the deposit you expect your name to be included on the check just like it was on the lease.

But by then there maybe enough damage that none of it gets returned. 


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