He confirmed several times that I'll get my deposit back after a month's time.
I sent him an SMS a few days ago and told him that I'll be getting my deposit on December 10th.
He said that it was forfeited because he is claiming that I signed the contract that states "If you leave before the rent term is over, deposits will be forfeited." I justified the contract that I signed and told him that "My rent period was long over as my contact is good only for 6 months. I didnt sign a renewal or any agreement." Then he claims that it's on a month to month basis. I justified again saying that "yes, it's a month to month for an active contract. My contract already expired." My deposit would have been forfeited if i left prior to 6 months, but we reached 8 months.
His wife also contacted me and also insisted that it's a month-to-month basis. I replied and told her na if it's a month to month contract, paano ako aalis? I was asked to pay a month advance prior to leaving to cover Nov 10 - Dec 10. Should I leave on Dec 11th then? E before I leave I need to pay nga daw a month advanced. I'll pay another month's worth? Dec 10 - Jan 10? If I leave in the middle, I still lose the deposit diba.
This guy has a tendency to bully people probably because of his physical built (body builder) and he worked for a few years in the states (Mayabang). He talks loud and arrogant. He even told me (through SMS) that I owe him electric bill, garbage fee, drum free, repairs of damages etc. I didnt damage anything there, it's a cheap studio and can easily suffer from a regular wear and tear. He can deduct the electic bill, but there will still be an amount left in my deposit. Nang-gigipit talaga sya ng tao, before I signed the contract he told us na that Drum will be rented for 500 bucks and will be returned when we leave. Tapos sinabi nya nun na di na daw nya ipaparent, sa next batch na lang daw ng tenants. Then now he is claiming it.
Instead of arguing with him, (I know it's not going to end) I wanted to settle this in a professional way and let a lawyer analyze the situation. I know it's a small amount and I can just give it to him. However, my concern is he will be taking advantage of other people in the future - continue to bully others at mang-gipit ng kapwa nya due to his selfishness and greediness.
They didn’t give me a copy of the contract, they didnt give me a receipt of my last 2 payments (but said they will). Should I deal with this?Any thoughts?