i moved to utah for 2 months (march 20 - may 20) during my semester off, and while i was there i was living in a rented room in a woman's house. when i moved in i paid a 250 dollar security deposit that i would get back after i left trusting that i didnt trash the room. the deposit was initially supposed to be 100 dollars, but thats when i was planning to move in on march 1. when i told her i was going to be late she asked that i up the deposit, which was okay with me.
around the end of april, she goes to jail for something which involved "borrowing" her friends car when she was drunk, but i dont know the details. in her absence, the man who lived downstairs (another renter and old friend of hers) took over rent collection until the landlord was due back, 5 days after i left. when i was leaving i asked the man downstairs if he had my deposit money but he said that landlord had it and i would not be able to get it back until she got back. i left my home address with him so she could mail me a check when she got home.
the check never came, and ive tried to contact her several times. ive called her house and cell phones 4 or five times, sent several emails, and several texts as well. all of them were very polite, simply asking her to contact me, but i have heard nothing so far. its now been 3 weeks. i should mention that i did not trash the room, and i let it in the exact same condition it was in when i got there(i have pictures of this for proof).
before i left i heard that she had a lot of financial problems, such as she was struggling to pay for the house. she did not appear to have a job, although she claimed that she worked from home, but i never saw evidence of this. i guessing that she spent my deposit and now cant pay me back, but her financial problems should not become mine. im a college student who is now down to 23 dollars, and i really need my money back. any advise on what i can do?