I had a really bad landlord. He owes me money for my damage deposit and prorated rent. The lease says he has 30 days to return it. After I moved out I reminded him of this fact. He replied (in a very lengthy and rambling email) that he latter noticed a stain on the carpet. He had already inspected with me and said everything looked good. He also said he will be charging me for using his furniture. This was never the agreement. This is not a complete list but IMHO nothing he said has merit and he seems to think he can arbitrarily come up with charges I never agreed to.
I feel that he has never acted in good faith and arguing would be a waste of time. Should I bother responding to his emails? Or should I wait the 30 days then hire a lawyer?