Keches Law Attorneys Anthony Gill and Mike Glennon recently recovered $7,500 while working a pro bono case (free of charge) for a Massachusetts woman after her property management company not only failed to return her security deposit, but also charged her for repairs she wasn’t responsible for.
The single mother of two boys had been living in a Massachusetts apartment on a Section 8 housing voucher and fully expected that her security deposit would be returned when her lease ended last May. When the property management company that owned her apartment refused to return the deposit, it was a major blow to her finances.
The woman filed a housing court lawsuit herself but was unable to make progress with the case until Keches Law Attorneys Anthony Gill and Michael Glennon got involved 18 months later.
“I was raised by a single mother, so I know firsthand how hard they work and struggle,” Gill says. “I am glad I got to share that with the client when we met. Mike and I were more than happy to help.”
The Right Thing to Do
After her lease ended on May 5, 2022, our client asked her property management company to return her security deposit. When they didn’t, saying she owed them for repairs including a new carpet and bath tiles, she filed a housing court lawsuit herself. As the months went by, nothing progressed.
She had been living on a Section 8 housing voucher, and knew she deserved the security deposit money. She understood she needed an attorney but couldn’t afford one. Keches Law Attorneys Anthony Gill and Michael Glennon took on the case pro bono.
After he became involved in October 2023, Gill sent a demand letter on behalf of our client that informed the property management company that his client was owed the security deposit, interest on it, money for overpayment of the rent, and money for the alleged law violations. After receiving the letter, the property management company agreed to return the security deposit. But Gill and Glennon knew more was owed.
“At that point, the security deposit wasn’t what was owed to our client anymore. She deserved more for what she was put through and how unfair the landlord had been,” Glennon says.
Not Proper Policy
The property management company allegedly didn’t follow proper policy in several ways—there wasn’t a written statement of the apartment’s condition when she moved in, they didn’t send a copy of repairs and receipts on time, and she didn’t receive her security deposit within 30 days of vacating, let alone that she wasn’t given interest on the deposit.
There were other issues as well. After she left the apartment, repairs were made that she shouldn’t have been expected to pay for. The carpet was replaced, a repair she says wasn’t necessary. She was even charged $1,600 for a bathtub tile that was loose. She says it was ordinary wear and tear, but the entire tub was replaced—certainly not something a tenant should be charged for. In addition to all of this, she had nearly $300 owed to her in overpayment of rent.
“It was upsetting to us to see a property management company and their attorney try and bully her,” Gill says.
What Was She Owed?
According to Massachusetts General Law Ch. 186 Sec. 15B, she was owed up to three times the $2,190 security deposit, plus interest, court costs and attorney’s fees.
To avoid a trial, the property management company upped the offer to $7,500 which our client accepted.
“[Gill and Glennon] were compassionate, driven, caring, dedicated, classy, hard-working, trustworthy, amicable, and selfless,” our client says. “It was a true blessing meeting them and it gives me hope that there are still good people in this world.”
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Our client was thrilled with the result Gill and Glennon were able to get for her and we’re so proud of their work to get just compensation for one of our clients! Contact Keches Law if you need a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney.