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A Juris DepositLetter can help get a security deposit back.

A Juris DepositLetter can help get a security deposit back.

Article Author:

Ethan Mackay

Ethan Mackay

Co-Founder and General Counsel at Juris
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Over 21 million Americans move out of their rented home each year, and virtually all landlords require security deposits, which means there are many tenants currently trying to recover security deposits that are being illegally withheld. This is a huge problem.

Lawmakers have tried to end the problem. They’ve passed state laws that give tenants powerful legal rights to recover their deposits.

The problem persists today because these legal rights are difficult to determine and difficult to enforce. Laws are really hard to understand. It’s even harder to determine which ones apply to your situation. And lawyers, the only service providers that can help, are really expensive to hire.

That’s why Juris used technology to built a new solution; a new way to determine and enforce legal rights.

It may feel like the only way to enforce legal rights is by taking someone to court. But any lawyer will tell you that when two people are in a dispute, it’s very rare that they actually go to court. Usually, the people in a dispute can work it out themselves. In fact, usually, they must work it out themselves because going to court can be very expensive and time-consuming.

The consequence of this dynamic is that people can often enforce their legal rights just by showing the other side that they would win if the dispute went to court. They just have to convince the other side that the law is on their side. And that’s what a Juris DepositLetter does.

Here are the steps:

  • Your landlord is unresponsive or has refused to return some or all of your security deposit.
  • You go to our DepositLetter page and click the Start My Letter button.
  • You answer some questions online, which will take about 10 minutes. Our technology will automatically determine which questions to ask, determine your strongest legal rights, then draft a letter citing those rights and making demands of the landlord. 
  • We show you the letter immediately, which you read and approve. 
  • We automatically print, package, and send the letter to the landlord by tracked mail. Since it’s tracked, we can let you know when it’s delivered. And, if you ever do go to court over the security deposit, you’ll be better able to prove that the landlord received the letter.

Here’s what a DepositLetter achieves: 

  • A DepositLetter shows the landlord that you know your legal rights, which may cause them to return the security deposit immediately.
  • A DepositLetter shows the landlord that you know how to get a court to enforce your rights, which may cause them to return the security deposit immediately.
  • A DepositLetter creates a record of what has happened, which means that it increases your probability of proving to a court what happened if necessary.

So here are some key takeaways to understand.

  1. The majority of legal disputes are ended without going to court, through private arguing about who has the better case.
  2. The way to end a dispute privately is to determine your legal rights and then convince the other side that your rights are stronger than theirs.
  3. A DepositLetter is a fast, easy, affordable way to determine your legal rights against a landlord and to convince a landlord that they should return your money. We would love to help.

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