Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I told you there would be a story.

Because it's never anything boring in our lives!

We had a letter in the mail yesterday from Zorba.

It was a check for $1428.43.

It was our security deposit back.

And he included a blank scrap of paper.


Soooo...I pulled out our lease to refresh my memory as to how much we paid three years ago for a security deposit.

$1800 and a $600 pet deposit.

That's $2400.



So Zorba, where the hell did you spend our $971.57?

Ok, we left some tack holes in the wall.

Ok, the ceiling of the bathroom was really mildewy (I tried to clean it, I really did, but I'm short and why oh god WHY do people build bathrooms without exhaust fans?!).

But was that what you spent our $971.57 on?

Perhaps, even though it wasn't specified on the lease, the $600 pet deposit was non refundable.

Ok, that's fine. I'm OK with that.

But that still leaves $371.57 unaccounted for.

Dear Zorba, do you think you are above the law?

The landlord must send you the list of damages by registered or certified mail, and the landlord must return to you any money left over from your security deposit. N.J.S.A. 46:8-21.1.

And so here I sit.

All I really want is a LIST of what he charged us for.

Do I go after a decrepit old senile man that shits his pants and doesn't remember how old he is?

Or do I just let it go and just take the high road knowing we did that slumlord a favor putting up with that shithole as long as we did?

I'm so tired of that place, I'm strongly leaning towards the latter.



Blogger Erin said...

Ugh. That is ridiculous. After all you went through with that property, he should give you a bonus.

6:54 AM  
OpenID pyewacketsid said...

No, don't do that Bezz. I know you want to just put it all behind you, but it's a thousand damn bucks that is legally yours. Require the list, then require the leftovers. It's BUSINESS, not personal.

It's almost over...

7:14 AM  
OpenID alittlebitofeach said...

Don't let him get away with it that easily.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to go along with you on this, but then I read pyewacketsid's comment. This is business and it doesn't matter if Zorba shits himself or can't remember how old he is, his children or legal guardian should be made aware of the law so that they don't try to do this to someone else. Hang in there! Love, Mom

7:45 AM  
Blogger dmcL said...

I'm with Pye (but then, I'm all riled up with landlords pulling shit in my neck of the woods, so I'm already in a state of raised-ire): go after him an grant no quarter!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Go after it. It's your money

8:01 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Speaking as a former renter (and a current landlord), go after him. It's legally yours, and it doesn't matter if HE can't remember who he is, he has children/legal guardians who should know better and do the right thing.

(and just a word verification has the word QUIT in it!!)

8:08 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i know how you feel but to me the amount is too much to let it go. if he shorted you a couple bucks, fine, but it's way more than that.

if you end up on judge judy, let me know so i can tune in. :-P

9:34 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

I got charged hundreds for stains on a carpet two apartments ago... they charged me for the stains AFTER they started ripping it up (in my presence) to replace it with hardwood during the two weeks I was still paying rent but had already moved out. I was leaving the country so I didn't go after it, but man was I pissed.

You deserve that cash. Fight for the rest of us who were too chicken to fight for ourselves!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That's pretty lousy! After you put up with that nasty basement, squirrels in the ceiling, and whatnot, you should have gotten your entire deposit back. Maybe it's not Zorba's fault, because of his health problems, but those sons of his sure must know what condition that house is in. I would definitely send that letter.

And $600 for a pet deposit for two cats??? Zorba should let you bring the cats for free, considering the mouse problem in the house!

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can get the rest of the deposit back.

9:48 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Go after it until you discover it's going to cost you more in attorney fees than it's worth.

And, don't go into business so late in life you can't manage.


10:41 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I have a different opinion than most of the comments, but I think, in the end, it will be you and your family who have to deal with the consequences of whatever decision you make. So, I will keep my advice to myself, and just wish you the best.

On a positive note, if you decide to fight for your rights to that cash, writing writs is what you do for a living. You might save in legal fees ;).

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

ai yi yi

1:50 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

It's yours, if you have the energy, get it back!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

You know, to people like you and me, that's a huge chunk of change. Almost a thousand dollars will go a long way towards giving you room to breath. It would be nice to be able to let it all go, but that's money you worked very hard for that Z did nothing to earn. Sometimes it's nice to just let things go and not give them another thought, but you can't eat nice.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

A thousabd bucks is a lot of cash. But I hear where you're coming from about wanting to put it behind you. Its a toughie.

6:31 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

I say give it a shot. Don't need to make yourself crazy about it, but I don't think you should just let it go either. Good luck!

And my verification word is "shomanto." I'm thinking it's some kind of rogue vegetable ...

6:42 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Good grief! You had squirrels living with you in that place! You need to ask him what he charged you for, and point out that you weren't counting on squirrels.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thats alot of yarn money!!!! And spinning fiber money too!

Go for it, whats right is right!

8:09 PM  
Blogger SHELLY said...

Uh, over $900 demands a LIST!

9:19 PM  
Blogger knitting-cat said...

It is probably his greedy kids. I am with you should get a list.

If you need legal advice, I think you know where to get it.

That is alot of money, period, and it is after tax money too.

5:36 AM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

I'm with all those who say "go after it". Many landlords pull all kindsa crap because they think may renters will be too lazy or uneducated as to the law to stand up to them.

Plus, as Janna pointed out, those squirrels crashed there and they didn't pay rent, the free loaders!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

After all you've been through at that shithole, do not let this go. Get your money back. Get the list of damages. A mildewed ceiling might be normal wear & tear which should not be counted as damages.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You should go after it. Would any of the attorneys at your firm sign a short note to the Sons of Zorba on your behalf? Draft the note in appropriate legalese explaining that a. the pet deposit was not non-refundable and b. you need an itemized accounting of missing deposit funds. Make sure you print it on firm letterhead. I think Zorba's kids think they can get away with this crap and you need to let them know they can't.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...


3:58 PM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Right. It's business. Send a letter from an attorney. Very often, that works. If it doesn't, it's a start.

6:01 PM  

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