If the landlord loses a security deposit case, and chooses not pay the money the judge ordered, you can attempt to collect the money judgment from the landlord by using collection procedures. In order to start this collection process, you should wait 30 days to see if the landlord pays the judgment. If the landlord does not pay in 30 days, the judgment is final.
3. Both sides must show up to court
- The landlord will have to bring the information you requested in the citation. This could be information on the landlord's place of employment, bank accounts, or information on the landlord's other properties and real estate.
- If the landlord comes to court and refuses to give the tenant the right information, you should tell the judge immediately. The judge may punish the landlord by holding him or her in contempt of court. If the landlord does not come at all to court on the return date, you can file a form called a Rule to Show Cause. This is a petition asking the court to find the landlord in trouble for not coming to court.
- After getting the landlord's financial information, if the landlord still refuses to pay, you can force payment from the landlord's paycheck or bank accounts. You must file several court papers with the court clerk to do this. For example, the court might force the landlord to pay in the following ways:
Read Collecting a judgment for more information on the different ways a court can make the landlord pay the judgment.
Updated: January 2017