Review Answer

PLAINTIFFS SAM AND SUSAN WHITE:  $600 PLUS COSTS ($1000 deposit - deductions)

Based on the following allowable deductions for defendant:

$100 – Carpet cleaning
$150 – Locksmith (or $300 if lock is included)
$150 – 3 days’ rent

As you can see, you have room to exercise your discretion depending on how the facts are developed at trial. Also remember that you may award bad faith damages after listening to the evidence, even if the plaintiffs do not request it in their claim. [CC 1950.5(l).]