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Landlord/Tenant Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Zigadto, Janet


AC39693, AC42730 - Carroll v. Yankwitt (Action for return of security deposit; "In this landlord-tenant dispute, the defendant . . . appeals from the judgment of the trial court, rendered following a trial before an attorney trial referee, in favor of the plaintiff . . . . On appeal, the defendant claims that the court improperly concluded that (1) he violated General Statutes (Rev. to 2013) § 47a-21, commonly known as the security deposit statute, (2) he violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), General Statutes § 42-110a et seq., and (3) he was not entitled to certain damages under the lease agreements between the parties. The plaintiff cross appeals, claiming that the court abused its discretion by (1) declining to award him the full amount of attorney's fees he requested and (2) failing to rule on his request for punitive damages pursuant to CUTPA. With respect to the defendant's claims, we affirm in part and reverse in part the judgment of the trial court. With respect to the plaintiff's cross appeal, we vacate the order of the trial court regarding its award of attorney's fees and decline to address the plaintiff's claim regarding punitive damages.")