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Old 24.01.2023, 09:17
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Landlord failing to release deposit

I left my previous rented property at the end of September last year. In agreement with the landlord at the time, we agreed to pay a pro-rated cost for the 2022 expenses. This was settled (and all other outstanding invoices) between November and mid-December.

I have contacted him several times via email, text message and phone since about when he would release my deposit. It is held in a joint account that requires double signatures to do anything with - so it's not like he can actually do anything with it.

That said, he fails to respond to my requests for further information via email/text message, and when we have spoken to him on the phone he has been incredibly vague as to when he will do the admin required to allow me to withdraw the money.

Ultimately we are waiting on him to complete a little paper work, but as this is not an insignificant sum of money and from my point of view, our relationship ended with him when we settled all final bills, I am frustrated that he is taking so long to do this.

Given the continued radio silence, what are my options here? I have held off contacting ASLOCA yet (we are based in Ticino) and would rather avoid the costs that will come with taking legal action but beyond just waiting on him to pull his finger out I am at a bit of a loss at what more I can do here.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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