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SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) May 21, 2023 7:40 PM
       SD return (by ned [AL]) May 21, 2023 8:53 PM
       SD return (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 21, 2023 8:59 PM
       SD return (by Oreo [WI]) May 22, 2023 12:48 AM
       SD return (by Still Learning [NH]) May 22, 2023 2:21 AM
       SD return (by myob [GA]) May 22, 2023 6:20 AM
       SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) May 22, 2023 8:06 AM
       SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) May 22, 2023 8:13 AM
       SD return (by Dave [MO]) May 22, 2023 8:29 AM
       SD return (by plenty [MO]) May 22, 2023 8:31 AM
       SD return (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 22, 2023 8:39 AM
       SD return (by Simplify [NY]) May 22, 2023 11:37 AM
       SD return (by myob [GA]) May 22, 2023 4:52 PM

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SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 21, 2023 7:40 PM

I have a bit of an odd situation and I am not sure of the best way to handle the security deposit (SD).

I had 2 young ladies move into my rental last year along with the younger ones dog and kid. During there rental the oldest of them, lets car her Jane, got a new job working at a home for troubled kids where she would then be living for free. Jane was still responsible for her portion of the rent. There were no problems with the rent as far as receiving it. The youngest lady, lets call her Sally, always deposited the whole rent amount into my bank account, once that got established.

When Jane moved out to her new living quarters, I had her fill out the portions of a new application to provide me with the changes of employment and address of her employer/living quarters. When Sally and her family moved out at the end of the lease, I was told that she was moving out of state to live with another relative. I do not know if Jane went with her or not.

I give my tenants a move-in binder at lease signing and it includes a move-out ready to occupy ( thank you WMH ) check list for them to go by to help them get the most of there SD back as possible. This list includes a portion at the bottom asking them to leave their new forwarding address for me to send the SD.

When my tenants moved out they did not leave me a forwarding address although I suspect that Jane may still be working and living at the address that I had gotten from her earlier.

I know that lots of you have mentioned on here before about sending the SD to the last known address and that if that is the rental then send it there. However, I sort of have 2 last known addresses. I will be sending one check with both of the ladies names on it, at least that is the plan. I will need to go back and look but I think they both paid me with separate checks, I can't remember. I suppose if they did then I could send separate checks but I had already informed them that I would be sending one check with both names on it when the time comes. They never replied that there would be a problem there.

Should I text them and ask them for a forwarding address to send the check to?

Should I just mail it to my rental and see if it shows up there?

What if I do and it never shows up there?

If it does show up there then I would put it unopened in their file.

Now, if I do send it to my rental, it shows up there and I file it, what if they text me latter asking where the SD is?

Do I text them back and explain that I sent it to the rental because they did not leave me a forwarding address?

If I have it on file, because it showed up at the rental, do I then send it to where they tell me when inquiring?

If I do not have it on file because it never showed up, do I say that I sent it and it should have forwarded to their address they told the PO to forward it to?

How would you handle this?

I know that it is a lot of questions but I want to be sure that I cover all of the basis that I can think of at the moment and get as much detail as possible.

Thank you for your time.

SD return (by ned [AL]) Posted on: May 21, 2023 8:53 PM


My instinct would be to call Sally, re-explain it's gonna be (1) check with both names that you'll mail to one place. Ask her what that place is.

Call Jane to confirm. --74.132.x.xx

SD return (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 21, 2023 8:59 PM

Did you complete a new lease when the first one left? If not< then your lease is with two people and one check should be made out to both parties. It should be sent to the address that they provide you. If they refuse to provide you any address< then you mail it to the last known address which would be your rental's address

SD return (by Oreo [WI]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 12:48 AM

Call first, as suggested above, then ask for it to be confirmed via email from both parties to protect yourself. --75.11.xx.xx

SD return (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 2:21 AM

If nothing was contentious and there wasnít much being deducted, I would contact them both through email, text, call and let them know if I have written agreement from both instructing me how to return the security deposit (2 checks split, 1 check to both names, 1 check to one name) then I will follow the request. If they donít agree, 1 check with both names will be mailed to apt/house lived in since you have 2 different forwarding addresses.

SD return (by myob [GA]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 6:20 AM

you have an address so send it to Jane with both names on the check.

6 bye-- do you really talk the way you write?

When people move we ask for them to give forwarding address-- ball in their court. Whats this about filling in an application?

Don't make a simple action a call to arms. KISS! --108.239.xx.xx

SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 8:06 AM

Thank you everyone for the replies.

myob, would you mind clarifying your answer?

I have at the end of the move-out list for them to put a forwarding address and they felled to do so. I did however, several months ago, get a new address for Jane, but I do not know for sure that Jane is still there. If I am understanding you correctly, you are saying to send the one check with both names on it to the address that I got for Jane a few months ago?

I had Jane fill out another application, just the parts needed, to get her updated information of employment and living quarters. I am not sure how else would have been the best way to get the updated information. How do you do it?

SD return (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 8:13 AM

Ray, would you email and text them for a forwarding address, given the information that I gave above?

SD return (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 8:29 AM

I would send a check in both names to the address Jane provided. To many what if?

Your only responsibility is to give and accounting of deductions for damage, a refund or a balance due.

I will text tenant, whatís your new address, so I can mail the deposit refund?

SD return (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 8:31 AM

Send a group text asking where they would like their security deposit mailed to. (One check, both names, one address, one envelope) if they reply with two addresses, reply with NO, one. Let them pick and work it out. Make it easy for yourself. If after you research paid equal amounts and want two checks to two addresses then I'd be ok with that just include that information in your letter,,, we agree to. Whoo hoo they get a refund! --172.58.xx.x

SD return (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 8:39 AM

The two of them entered into a business agreement with you as one unit.

So will it matter how you get the forwarding address? Will matter if the two of them are not one unit? That is an issue between the two of them and not you. If they are not living together as room mates, that is their business.

So would try to reach out to the one that will be turning over the keys to you and simply ask - what address do I send the deposit too?

Let them work out their issues between the two of them. If the check goes uncashed because the two don't see eye to eye any more - who will be the benefactor? You

SD return (by Simplify [NY]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 11:37 AM

Interesting, usually the tenants who don't give full info are the ones we don't owe any SD back to lol.

You can also tell them that if you don't get clear instructions you will send the money to your state's unclaimed funds area. Then your obligation is fulfilled and it's up to them to track down the funds.

SD return (by myob [GA]) Posted on: May 22, 2023 4:52 PM

Yes 6 you have an address. The tenant is responsible, especially since you requested, to send you the info. It's not for us (you) to BEG.

6 I think this is how we become baby sitters of tenants-- why? cause they all say the same thing-- "well my last landlord"! It's a crutch.

you request they ignore. --108.239.xx.xx

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