Hi everyone! I'm new but lived in Philly for 7 years until this summer.
So here's my problem: I moved out of my apartment on June 30th, and sent my landlord my forwarding address in a letter and in a voicemail a month before I moved (in May). I had not had any problems with the landlord previously. I sent my rent every month early, cleaned the place meticulously before vacating, and made sure he had my contact info in case he needed anything from me. Our interactions were always perfectly friendly. It is now August 10th and I have no security deposit and no communication at all about it, not even a list of deductions. Nothing at all.
On August 2nd I mailed a certified letter, stating again my new address and saying that I hadn't received my security deposit within 30 days. On the 5th I called him again and left a voicemail verbally stating my new address and alerting him of the letter I had sent. On August 7th he accepted the certified letter. The mail has come and gone today and still no call back, no communication at all, and no security deposit - I'm in Pittsburgh so the maximum transit time is two days.
I'm almost completely out of hope that he will return it on his own. It's looking like I will eventually end up in small claims court.
Is there a certain procedure I should follow before filing? Is there a certain time period I should wait before filing? I know that in Pennsylvania I'm now entitled to sue for double the security, which I certainly will if I have to take off of work and drive all the way back to Philly to go to court. I do plan on calling him in a few more days and letting him know of my rights to sue for double and that I would just like the check for the original amount from him instead.
Thanks in advance.