I was in a bad situation where I needed temporary housing, so I found some guy on cragislist and rented from him for a month (yeah I know, but it was either that or homelessness, or moving back with my parents).
I stayed with him a month and he was a terrible roommate. He also charged me a $300 security deposit that he decided to keep because he claims I did $300 in damage in a month.
So I want to file suit in small claims court, but after talking to the property management at his apartment complex, I found out he never had authority to sublet. Subletting was prohibited by his lease. How does that affect my ability to file claim in small claims court (the fact that he wasn’t allowed to charge me rent or a security deposit)? Would that mean he never had the legal authority to charge me anything, and that would increase my odds of getting money back? or would it decrease my odds of getting money back?
Also this guy was a total douchebag (I won’t go into why) so if anything I can do can help him get evicted for his behavior, I’d be open to that too.