If the landlord unlawfully refuses to refund the security deposit, the tenant may bring a claim for those monies in the magistrate court or state court where the landlord resides or otherwise has designated a person as his agent of service. A landlord who owns more than ten (10) units or uses a third party to manage the units can be liable for three times the amount of the improperly withheld security deposit plus attorney fees. The landlord may not have to pay treble damages if, the landlord shows that the withholding was not intentional and resulted from an error which occurred in spite of procedures reasonably designed to avoid such an error.
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