ECI Apartments Unrefunded Security Deposits Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

ECI Group, Inc., ECI Management, LLC, and DeKalb-Lake Ridge, LLC are settling a class action charging that they did not return some or all security deposits when tenants moved out and did not provide a list of damages to their apartments, within three days, specifying the reasons the money was being withheld.

The apartments at issue in this case are the following:

  • The Columns at Bentley Manor
  • Concepts 21—Delk Apartments (The Columns at Bentley Manor)
  • Concepts 21 – Hillandale
  • Concepts 21 – Roswell
  • Concepts 21—Six Flags
  • Concepts 21—The Corners (The Columns at Peachtree Corners)
  • Sussex Club
  • The Columns at Club Drive
  • The Columns at Paxton Lane
  • Canlen Walk
  • The Columns at Sweetwater Creek
  • The Columns at Hiram
  • The Columns at Chicopee
  • The Columns at Lake Ridge
  • The Columns at River Parkway
  • The Columns at Pilgrim Mill
  • The Columns at Oakwood
  • The Columns at Akers Mill
  • Fairways at Jennings Mill
  • The Columns at Independence
  • The Columns at White Oak
  • The Columns at Killian Hill
  • The Columns at Coldbrook Station
  • Cliftwood
  • Chatsworth Apartments
Docket Number:


Company: ECI Group, Inc.

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: May 19, 1997 to June 30, 2018

Objection Deadline: March 1, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: March 1, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: May 20, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide information about your rental and security deposit. Presumably company records will be used for verification.


You may be eligible if
- You had a rental agreement for an ECI apartment in Georgia (see the list of properties) at any time between May 19, 1997 and June 30, 2018, and
- You handed over a security deposit, and
- You stopped living at the apartment between May 19, 1997 and June 30, 2018, and
- You did not get back all or part of your deposit within one month of your moving out, due to alleged damage to the apartment.
You are not eligible if you filed for bankruptcy before the final approval of this settlement.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Portion of the net settlement fund, capped at the amount of your security deposit.

Total Settlement Amount: $2,400,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firm:
Bondurant Mixson Elmore LLP

Claim Form: ECI Apartments Unrefunded Security Deposits Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Roberson v. ECI Group, Inc.

Settlement Website: ECI Apartments Unrefunded Security Deposits Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
KCC Class Action Services, LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Roberson v. ECI Group Inc. Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 43501
Providence, RI 02940-3501

Tags: Real Estate, Rental Deposits, Unfair Business Practices