Move-in date: June 6, 2008
Move-out date: April 14, 2012
Apartment was left in average wear and tear condition when I moved out. Apartment was not extraordinarily dirty nor mistreated. (Note: the removal of a chin-up bar in the hallway left two small holes in opposing walls when it was taken down. This aside, there were no other visible holes, mars, damage, etc. to walls nor any other surface or area of apartment.)
Backed-up kitchen plumbing and severe water heater issues occurred in 2008 which caused a bubbling of the paint in the kitchen area. This was beyond tenant control. Water was not permitted to remain standing after backup and flooding occurred. Water heater was shortly thereafter seen to and no future water heater incidents occurred however plumbing issues persisted throughout tenancy – though never to the detriment of walls, paint, plaster, etc.
Nothing was left behind, so no ‘haul-away’ fees should have been assessed. Security gates did not work for three of the over four years I lived at apartment and repairs were never attempted. I fixed overhead kitchen light fixture at a personal cost of $80.
Landlord has, by way of ignoring and refusing to respond to phone call and in-person requests, refused to return the $1400 security deposit Norman Chin and I gave him when we moved in on June 6, 2008. He has also refused to provide a breakdown of monies retained (if any) for preparing unit for next tenant (who is now residing in my former apartment.)
By law, I should not be charged for new paint or carpeting. (After 3 years, tenant cannot be charged for new paint; after 2 years, tenant cannot be charged for new carpeting. Note: carpeting was worn and showed areas of patching and previous repairs when we moved in.)
I plan to follow up my other efforts with a written request to Mr. Morrison, via Certified Mail, for the return of my security deposit, which, by California law, must be responded to within 14 days.
Landlord: Richard H. Morrison / 626.793.0051
115 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Mr. Morrison’s home address:
301 Pleasant Street, #6
Pasadena, CA 91101
Mr. Morrison lives with his wife, Kim, who is an attorney, though it is unknown whether she currently practices law.
Please note: on the evening of Wednesday, July 11, 2012, I was attempting to gather information on the Keller, Klein, et.al. website (for retrieving one’s security deposit at a fee of 15% of the returned security deposit amount, payable to Keller, Klein, et.al.) and accidentally pressed the ‘Enter’ key, thereby inadvertently sending an ‘official’ request to your firm to assist me with retrieving said now very [illegally] late security deposit refund.
While I do wish to take advantage of your assistance with reporting this landlord, *I am not yet prepared to retain your services with assisting me to retrieve the security deposit, which is to say: I am not yet prepared to pay your required fee of 15% of the returned security deposit amount collected from the errant landlord.* *Please allow this language here to advise you that I do not wish to have 15% of my returned security deposit given to Keller, Klein, et.al. until such time as I determine I am unable to compel Mr. Morrison to legally return all or a portion of my security deposit to my satisfaction.* *Please cancel my ‘registration’; I will be in touch at a later date to request assistance (and pay your 15% fee) should I determine I cannot affect a response and an outcome from my own actions.* My decision here is based upon two things:
1. The phone number from your website does not lead to the ability to reach a live person and I am not convinced that were I to leave a voicemail message, it would be returned.
2. I have not yet received a reply to my emailed request for information regarding how your firm compels truthfulness from the landlords you contact with interest in retrieving outstanding, late, security deposit refunds.
I will send Mr. Morrison a letter via certified mail. After he receives it he will have 14 days to respond or I will file against in him Pasadena, CA small claims court. If I am not in agreement with the amount Mr. Morrison returns to me I will proceed with plans to serve him with and resolve this matter in court. As I cannot afford to pay the court costs myself, it is additionally my plan to file a form to ask that the fees be waived.
The only monies Mr. Morrison may legally and in good conscience retain from my $1400 dollar security deposit would be for a thorough general cleaning and for any monies owing for post-dated rent (period from early April to April 14, 2012.)
Your services are a wonderful idea and I applaud you for making them available. Thank you very much. A reply stating that you have received this and understand that I wish to proceed with my plan to send Mr. Morrison the certified mail request (in short, that I wish to first attempt a collection of my outstanding security deposit on my own before retaining help at a cost of 15%) will be appreciated yet unnecessary as I have stated it here and will retain a dated copy for my records.
Kindly please go ahead with reporting Mr. Richard H. Morrison as you see fit. Thank you for your kind assistance with this reporting of Mr. Morrison. Please contact me if you need additional details, dates, etc.