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I had a tenant who vacated my property in early 2005 and refused to provide a forwarding address. I haven't heard from her in all this time but she called today demanding immediate return of her security deposit and threatening a lawsuit. After more than four years am I required to return it to her now?We don't know too many tenants who don't want (or, frankly, need) their security deposits back after moving, so this is already an interesting story. A later post by "blaize125" on the Real Estate board, though, made us take note:
What is the statute of limitations for requesting return of a security deposit? I moved in 2005 but didn't give forwarding info to my landlord and lost his contact info after that. I just found it in some old paperwork and realize that I should have gotten money back from my security deposit. After more than four years am I still legally entitled to have it returned?This sure sounds to us like the same question, flipped to the tenant side. Security deposit, Virginia, 2005, lack of forwarding address; all the details are there, and it sure seems like landlord and tenant have recently had an unproductive discussion, and are now seeking quick legal guidance from the Answers community.
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