Here’s an update on my battle to get my security deposit back from Citiapartments. The check just cleared at my bank; I got the whole thing back, including the legally mandated interest. After leaving messages for two weeks, I went in to their office in person and talked to the person in accounting responsible directly. She said something like, “I think that’s one of the buildings I can still cut checks for,” and went back to her office to investigate. Two hours later I had the check. Even then I wasn’t entirely certain that the check would clear, but I checked today and it’s in my bank account, only 3 weeks late.
During this process, I have heard of three lawsuits against Citiapartments: a state lawsuit, a federal lawsuit, and an up-and-coming class action lawsuit. I got my money back right away, but I think most other people won’t be as lucky.