new-yorkNew York Repair Damages Claimed Letter


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Tenant's Way To Get Back Their Rightful Security Deposit

In New York, the tenant's security deposit can be used by the landlord to only cover unpaid rent, damages beyond ordinary wear and tear, unpaid utility costs and for cleaning the property if the tenant left it dirtier than when they first moved in. The landlord must repay the security deposit or the balance after deducting any legal deductions and send an itemized list of deductions within "a reasonable time" (interpreted to be 21-45 days) to the tenant.

Damages resulting from regular use such as loose door knobs, worn carpet, or fading curtains are considered normal and are not the liability of the tenant. However, broken furniture, broken locks, big dents on the walls or broken bathroom tiles are some examples of substantial damages considered to be a result of tenants carelessness and negligence, and costs on these can be deducted on the security deposit.

New York tenants who experience issues with the landlords excessively charging them or making irrelevant deductions have a number of options to consider to get their rightful security deposit back. The first option is to send a well-written letter to the landlord to claim back their withheld security deposit. In your letter, you need to first confirm that you have received the itemized list of the deductions and why you dispute the deductions. To avoid complications in future, be sure to always document everything including communications with the landlord.

This Damages Claim Dispute Letter reflects the New York landlord-tenant laws and reminds the landlord of their obligation to adhere to the laws by paying the rightful amount of security deposit in good faith. This letter is usually all it takes to get back the owed amount without stepping foot in court. When sending the letter, be sure to use certified mail and retain a copy for yourself.

Key features of this letter

  • Organized to list the claims, amounts and reasons for dispute for each claim.
  • Specifies your landlord's liability in New York if he does not comply with the law.
  • Names the specific law and/or statute in New York that applies to this situation.
  • Language tailored to best receive a response and an adjustment to the damage claims.
  • Indicates your awareness of the difference between "normal" wear and tear and real damages.

Why your landlord
needs the Letter To Landlord Disputing Damages Claimed letter

  • Wear and Tear is often in dispute in these situations, and landlords sometimes need reminders of that term.
  • Providing a listed and detailed response shows your landlord you take damage claims very seriously.
  • Seeing the legal consequences in written terms allows them to measure the costs of trying to make false claims.
  • In case tenants need to utilize their New York legal rights a paper trail is necessary and will support your case.
  • Why Hometitan

    Our letters for New York renters are tailored to your state, with the right laws to get your landlord’s attention. We’ve taken care of the New York Repair Damages Claimed Letter details so there’s no hassle on your part to find the right law and craft an approrpriate letter. Our letters have been used in New York and all over America with great success.