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Thread: Rental deposit not returned, any legal recourse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    Any smart renter, "Lives Out" his security deposit.
    If it's 3 months deposit, you don't pay rent the last 3 month, etc.
    You will NEVER see your deposit.

    ONLY the lawyer make money in legal battles here!
    YOUR MONEY!

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    We will now hear from some DR Spin Doctors who will say that they always get their deposit back.
    Ask them if they will pay you your deposit if your landlord doesn't?????

    With all due respect, CC, I got my two months back, but then again, my landlord was from New Jersey.

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    Sorry to say, I honestly don't think legal recourse will be worth your time. The deposit lost can't be that great. You'll likely spend close to the same on lawyer fees if you have a good lawyer that will actually get your deposit back to you. You could try to take it on without a lawyer, but if you don't speak very good Spanish that is not possible. And if you don't at least have residency, preferably citizenship going against a native will be difficult on your own. So I would take it as a lesson learned and plan to deal with it differently the next time.

    And this is coming from someone who has been in court here against a Dominican for an un-related issue and I won. After all of that I still don't advise doing it.

    I never expect to get back my deposit and that isn't just a DR thing. Once I give someone else money I don't expect to see it again. So rule #1 for me is to never pay more than one-month rent as a deposit. Some people try to get two here so you just have to refuse and find another place if they are not agreeable to only one month.

    Then I just consider it part of the rent cost and if I think the place is worth it then I'm happy. If I think the place isn't worth the few extra dollars in rent per month that the deposit would average out to be then I find another place. Also, when it is time for me to leave I don't clean and if anything is broken I don't worry about fixing it. It's what the deposit is for. I would not intentionally go out of my way to break stuff but I just leave it as it is.

    All of that said I actually did get back a large part of my deposit when I left a place a year ago. I was surprised. I had been there for three years. They deducted for cleaning but didn't even deduct for a couple of small items that were broken. The deposit was only RD $25,000 to begin with and I ended up getting back $22,000 and was very happy with that. And they were Dominican landlords in a majority Dominican neighborhood.

    But I do not expect it to ever happen again. In fact I'm getting ready to move out of my current place to my dream location that has opened up and I'm not expecting to get back one penny here. I have rented three previous places here and got my deposit back only on the one. Suspect I'll be one for four soon but we'll see.

    Even when I rented in the U.S. back in my younger days I did not get back the majority of the deposit. The charges for cleaning were always way over-inflated and anything the landlords could add in (even stuff that should have been their responsibility) to subtract from the deposit would show up. Sure it would have been easier to take them to court in the U.S. but I never did even there. The time you waste going through that isn't worth the money you'll get back. So if you won't want to do it there you certainly won't want to do it here.

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    yeh thats kind of a joke getting money from locals ha ha ha their mission is to get yours....

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    It seems the norm to regard the security deposit as a entry fee into the rental, unless you are dealing with ex-pats. Another question would be if you rented for the full term of the lease, which if you didn't you could end up owing the landlord for lost rent for the remainder of the term.

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    well, I agree with most opinions given about getting the denied deposit back, use it up, but, the first 2 places here, rented, paid 4 months rent, but 1 month goes to lawyer, that leaves month on deposit, moved out almost 2 years later, both times I presented my
    deposit receipt and was paid within a couple days.

    g'luck!

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    I got my full deposit back directly from Dominican landlords 3 times out of 3 so far. I am always prepared for plan B though, if they dont pay up: either stay longer if I have that flexibility or to do some serious damage to the place otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyH View Post
    I am just wondering if there is any legal recourse if your deposit is not returned. I know that they're not worth the paper that they're printed on, but we do have signed contracts.
    Buyer beware. You have to be sure you are dealing with an above board party. Did you have them check you out and inspect the apartment to make sure there was no perceived damages. If you did not then it's on you. If you had done this than there probably would be no surprises in regards to your deposit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd426 View Post
    This is a country where many RETAILERS and even Restaurants, especially in tourist areas or like on the beach cant even make Cambio.
    This used to frustrate me beyond belief at first...
    Point is , they cant even make change,, so expecting them to hold on to, and then RETURN a $$ Deposit, months or years later is kind of laughable if you really think about it. That money was spent long ago.


    Yes this never ceases to amaze me. Dominican businesses are so ...inexplicable [sp] in general.

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    Sorry to hear that Corey but common here. We have rented 4 places in Santo Domingo and one in Juan Dolio. Got the deposit back each time after moving out in Santo Domingo (One Spaniard, the rest Dominican) but in Juan Dolio had a hell of a time. Kept getting the run around until I had an attorney friend of mine call them and threaten. Within two days was able to pick up deposit. If you don't know an attorney have some native speaking Dominican with a strong voice call and act like one. They're good at yelling and fighting so will probably love to do it for you for a cerveza or two. Going to court would be a complete waste of time and money.

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    This thread is several years old and many things have changed. I suggest that it be closed. Come have moved and some hav died. RIP.

    Ty.

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