Who is a Class Member
You are a member of the Equity Residential Management Class Action Settlement if you “received a Statement of Deposit (SODA) from Equity that listed charges against your security deposit for physical damage to the apartment and that was not signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, and if you did not receive your entire security deposit back from Equity within 30 days of when your tenancy ended or when you vacated the apartment.”
If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.
- Up to $3,000
The exact amount of your payout will depend on how many valid claim forms are submitted. If multiple tenants or residents lived in the same apartment, each adult may file his or her own Claim form. Each Claimant who submits a valid and timely claim form may receive up to the maximum of $3,000.
Proof of Purchase
- Claimants will need to provide the unit number of your Equity apartment and the beginning and ending date of your tenancy there.
Equity Residential Management Settlement Notes
- Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, LLC
- Case No. 13-12092-RWZ
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Equity Residential Management – one of the country’s largest landlord, was sued by former tenant, Scott Phillips in August 2013, over allegations they violated Massachusetts Security Deposit Law. Specifically, Phillips alleged that Equity Residential Management unlawfully charged or deducted against his security deposit and failed to return his security deposit within 30 days after he moved out of his leased apartment.
According to the complaint, Phillips paid Equity Residential Management a $750 security deposit when he moved into an apartment at Longview Place in Waltham, MA. He requested his security deposit be returned when he vacated the apartment in May 2013. Equity Residential Management sent him a signed Statement of Deposit (SODA) listing charges against his security deposit in the amount of $968, leaving him owing $218 to the company, since they charged against his $750 security deposit.
At the core of Phillips’ claim is that Equity Residential Management violated the law since they failed to provide his detailed written evidence of the alleged damages for which his security deposit was charged against and also deducted certain cleaning costs from his security deposit.
Equity Residential management denies any wrongdoing. Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Equity Residential Management settlement website.
Class members who wish to object to or exclude themselves from the Equity Residential Management settlement must do so by April 18, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit a claim form on or before May 29, 2018.
- 5/29/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 4/18/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 5/2/18: Final Hearing at 2:00 pm ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.PhillipsEquitysettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, LLC, c/o Dahl Administration, LLC, PO Box 3614, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0614
- Phone: 1-888-755-9508
- Email: info@PhillipsEquitySettlement.com
- David Pastor of Pastor Law Office LLP
- Preston W. Leonard of Leonard Law Office PC
- Joshua N. Garick of The Law Offices of Joshua N. Garick PC