Long Beach, California, Attorneys Handling Cases of Landlords' Failure to Issue Security Deposit Refunds
At the law offices of Westrup Klick, LLP, we make it our business to help ordinary people obtain justice when employers, merchants, lenders and landlords violate existing laws designed to protect consumers, employees, and tenants. If you believe that your landlord did not timely issue you a security deposit refund after you moved out, contact one of our lawyers.
Refunds of deposits are required within 21 days of move-out and all deductions must be supported by third party/vendor invoices or work orders if the job was performed in-house.
There is strength in numbers. A group of renters who were denied their proper security deposit refunds have clout. Each renter may believe that his or her case is not significant enough to justify hiring a lawyer to deal with. Through a class action lawsuit, they may obtain compensation while also deterring exploitative landlords from repeating the offense with other renters.
Class action lawsuits serve the function of bringing the case of many workers or renters or consumers to the attention of state and federal courts. When renters who have been denied their rightful security deposit refunds band together, justice is achievable for all.
"Failure to refund" cases successfully tried or brought to settlement by attorneys of Westrup Klick, LLP, have included the following:
The case of Kitt v. JH Real Estate Partners, Inc. (O.C.S.C. No. 02CC01448), where we obtained a verdict in excess of $5 million (the initial verdict was over $10 million) on behalf of Plaintiff and all former tenants for improper accounting of security deposits. Mr. Westrup was one of a select number of attorneys who have personally litigated Section 17200 claims at the trial phase.
The case of Ko v. AvalonBay Communities, Inc., L.A.S.C. Case No. BC 297004: In this case, the Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., improperly deducted amounts for repairs from residential security deposits. Plaintiff’s attorneys represented a former tenant, who brought the action on behalf of herself and as private attorneys general on behalf of the general public, against her landlord for the return of security deposits under Civil Code Section 1950.5, unfair business practices under Business and Professions Code Section 17200, and negligence. As a result of the efforts of Plaintiff’s counsel, the parties entered into a settlement agreement whereby each class member is entitled to receive a partial refund of their security deposit in the amount of $120.00.
Tovar v. L’Abri Management, L.A.S.C. Case No. BC 237666: In this case, Plaintiff alleged that Defendant L’Abri Management improperly deducted amounts for repairs from residential security deposits. As a result of the efforts of Plaintiff’s counsel, the case was resolved with over 4,500 former tenants being entitled to participate and receive $94.00 each.
Disclaimer: The results portrayed by these verdicts and/or settlements are dependent upon the facts of each case and that result will differ if based on different facts. No guarantee or warranty regarding the outcome of a specific future legal matter is intended by publication of these past results.
Schedule a consultation with a class action lawyer at Westrup Klick, LLP, if you believe that your landlord failed to timely issue your security deposit refund at the end of your tenancy. Contact us.