The landlord lives out of state and the building I was renting 4 months ago has been sold. Small claims court says I can't do small claims based on this information. But apparently I can do a civil case, possibly....which involves lawyers and spending money...
This makes me so angry its unbelievable. This guy doesn't even respond to emails. I previously asked for a physical address and he wouldn't give one and this was while I was still renting. I have the address I got when I first moved in, to send rent payments of course. Then he switched to electronic deposit. What's worse is this guy is a military reservist.
Not sure if I can ask tax assessor's office for information on any other possible building he might have in California? So that I can hopefully do small claims.
We left the apartment in good condition. 3 months after leaving he inspected. The only thing we left "bad" was a hole in the wall we patched up but didn't paint. It was about 2" diameter. He claimed it smelled like cat pee? The place has hardwood floors. I understand cats can pee on walls but we never noticed any. Also asked guests if it ever smelled. He previously said we needed to go back and clean, this was 3 months after vacating!!!! and that if we didn't we would be charged and also be charged for removal of things like a verizon box attached to the wall, I believe it's some sort of back up battery/signal carrier. He also tried to blame us for the front lawn appearing dry...keep in mind this was 3 months after leaving that he finally checked it out. We kept it in good condition while we were there, we watered the lawn frequently. It was nice and green when we left.
I was dumb enough to think that another military member wouldn't do wrong to a veteran. Because he was a friend of a military friend of mine. I decided to rent from the guy. He also tried to switch the situation on us! Saying we should do the right thing and clean the apartment or take responsibility for the charges (3 months later) We were good tenants, always paid on time, kept the place as clean as how we got it. He also did this to the other previous tenant. It took her 4 months to get her deposit back. But I have a feeling he won't give this one up willingly.
I won't mention which branch he is in because he shouldn't be associated with them.