month to month lease
I own my home, had a verbal agreement with a roommate (& $550 security; she moved in 4/1/06) that she pay the cleaning lady every 6 weeks and give me 30 days notice before vacating. Late November she told me she’d be moving out over the month of December. On 11/29/06 I reminded her that it was her turn to pay the cleaning lady and she sent me several emails that day saying that she was not paying the cleaning lady again and would be moving out ASAP. (She already paid December’s rent). She moved out on 12/1/06, locked the bedroom door and refuses to return the keys to the bedroom and the house. She left me a note and voice mail messages, stating that she won’t return the keys until I returned her security and December’s rent. I left her voicemails stating that I can’t return any money until I get the keys.
Now she’s suing me for December’s rent $550, her security $550, filing fees and items (a shower curtain, I’m assuming) left at the house for a total of $1,224.
She still has NOT returned the keys.
Can I counter sue her for January’s rent?
Can I deduct the $50 cleaning fee of November 29 & the price of a locksmith?
Thank you; I appreciate your time and assistance. My phone number is 609-731-3987