...try to me over and think you are going to get away with it. Me vs Ex-Landlord. Me: surrendered the property effective 9 November (Rent paid in full through the end of November) Ex-Landlord: Listed property as "move-in ready" on 18 November (I'm pretty sure he doesn't know that I know this) Me: 9 December has come and gone, no sign of my deposit or any portion thereof. (I fully expect to have to pay for a cleaning, they always get ya on the cleaning) Me: 13 December (this morning) called Ex-Landlord inquiring about said deposit. Ex-Landlord goes off on me ranting and raving about having to clean the carpet (that is exactly what my $600 non-refundable pet deposit was for), get the house cleaned, and mow the yard which he claims was knee high. (Funny, it was ground level when we pulled out on the 8th - I guess Fort Worth has some super grass :head So he says it was in such bad condition, the actual property owner fired him over it and I would not be getting any deposit back. Wait a minute, he listed it as move in ready in 6 business days. Ahh but wait! Had my neighbor sneak over there when the sign was up in the yard. Mini blinds were open, she peeked in. Carpet had not been cleaned, walls had not been painted, she said it looked exactly like it did the day I left. So after the phone call this morning I started looking into the Texas Property Code. BINGO BUDDY. He had exactly 30 days from when I surrendered the property (9th) to send me a complete damage report and itemized list of what all the repairs cost OR forfeit the right to withhold any portion of the security deposit or hold me liable for any damages. Guess what, them 30 days have come and gone. According to that same code, he is now liable for $100 + 3 x original deposit of $1100 + legal fees. I know he was trying to bend me over, there is no way we left $1100 in damages. I just wanted what was left over. Now I want the full $1100. Gave him until Friday to have it to me or I will be pursuing legal action against him - and go for the full $3400 + legal. I don't want to be "That Lawsuit Person" but I don't want to get either.