QUESTION: A couple of weeks ago my great-grandparents gave a landlady $800 for first and last months' rent on an apartment, although they were not sure they wanted to rent it. They signed a contract but did not get a copy of the paperwork.
The landlady said she would return their deposit if they found another apartment. They did find another apartment. She returned only $500. She said she does not have to return the rest of their money. My grandparents are more than 80 years old and they can't afford to lose $300. What now? — Angry Grandson, Calexico
The landlady said she doesn't have to return the $300 to your grandparents because they deposited only $500. She said she has the contract to prove it — and she has a canceled check to prove she gave back the $500.
You said you can produce a handwritten receipt for the $800 your grandparents gave the landlady. If your grandparents have a canceled check for $800, they may be able to win in small claims court.