Recover Your Security Deposit!
Defeat your landlord in small claims court–just like we did.

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Preface - Home Page
Foreword - by Ken Carlson, tenant attorney

PART I: Some basic guidelines
1. Break your lease
2. Get your security deposit returned

PART II: Prepare for small claims court
3. Learn your state’s landlord tenant law
4. Contact former and current tenants
5. Organize your evidence
6. Consult with an attorney
7. Write a rebuttal to landlord’s claims
8. Create a presentation folder
9. File a lawsuit; or defend against one
10. Testify, and win, in small claims court
11. Collect the judgment

PART III: Winning presentation folder
12. Follow our lead (eBook)
13. Front cover (eBook)
14. Small claims lawsuits (eBook)
15. Plaintiff’s clams (eBook)
16. Defendant’s rebuttal (eBook)
17. Move-in, move-out timeline (eBook)
18. Landlord tenant law violations (eBook)
19. Photographic evidence (eBook)
20. Exhibits (eBook)
21. Conclusion (eBook)
22. Court ordered judgment (eBook)

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11. Collect the judgment

If the landlord sued you in small claims court and lost, he can’t appeal and the judgment is final. If the judgment stipulates that the landlord owes you money, he typically has 30 days to pay you before you may begin the collection process. If your landlord refuses to pay, the Department of Consumer Affairs Web site ( gives an excellent overview of the collection process (for Californians).

My two favorite methods are collecting rent from the landlord’s current tenants (which is by court order—what a great way to let them know what’s up!) and retrieving the money from his bank account, among others. Get a canceled rent check you wrote to your landlord to get his bank account number (off the back of the check). To collect the judgment, you’ll go to the court and get a Writ of Execution from the clerk, and then contact the sheriff’s office to complete the process. In our case, the landlord mailed Marilyn a check (as seen above). Congratulations, you did it!!!

Dear Larry: Just wanted to say thanks. Your website/book helped us win in court. I spent several hours preparing our binder and felt very organized going into court. Looking around we saw everyone else come in with loose papers just like you had said. We felt very prepared, but unfortunately the judge hardly looked at our binder. He just looked at what the landlord lacked as proof and awarded us judgement. Although the binder wasn't the deciding factor, it sure did help us have the confidence to stand up to our landlord in court. ~ Sincerely, Tonia Baily

Larry helped me get my deposit back from my slumlord. I highly recommend his presentation folder and expertize. I would not have received a dime without his help! Heather Hoffman Kimel