Thing is, the landlord knows the law perfectly well, unless he’s a fly by night. He also knows all the psychology tricks EVERY BOY learns in every country on the planet earth:
Puff out chest like a rooster. Threaten. Count on the other guy knowing less than you. Bluff. It’s schoolyard shit in every school on the planet, every language, every country.
Focus on the paper trail. Forget the words. Gather what you got. Get an electronic copy of your check saved to your phone if you don’t have a printer.
Think: evidence. Imagine you’re preparing for a trial that might never happen. What kind of stuff do you think you’d need?
Words, hearsay, “I’m white, he’s indian”, these are fluff stuff.
Evidence. You have some of it. Get it. Collect it. Step 1
Guy A gives guy B money for product/service.
Guy B pockets A’s money.
Guy B says, “Sorry, no product/service for you. Go away.”
Everything after that is a mess.
Well damn, he can’t kick you out then without notice. You paid. It’s not 3 days. You have proof. Checks cashed.
But… you don’t have a copy of a signed rental agreement though, do you?
That’s a bit of a pain there. Shouldn’t give money for an agreement without something signed by the person you’re paying that they’ll make good on their product/service.
Still though, cops should back you up. Calling the non-emergency line and asking a butt load of questions to the cops is a good idea indeed.
They should’ve given you a copy. If they did and you lost it, they should make a copy for you. If your signature is on something, you can get a copy of it back.
He’ll find a way to wiggle out of the deposit. Sounds to me he’s just being a prick, letting you know he doesn’t like you and wants you gone. But yeah, you should get your two months.
He cuts off Internet? He can’t. You paid.
He cuts off power? He can’t. You paid.
He kicks you out? He can’t. You paid.
If he does those things, you got the HOA.
You got your check stubs to prove with.
You got police.
You got landlord “lemon laws” on a state level.
All these peoples got your back in some sense.
But I don’t think he’s an idiot either. He’s hoping you are.