If I'm disputing my landlord keeping my security deposit, how long do I give him to respond before I take the matter to small claims court?

Question Details: I am sending my landlord a certified letter disputing his charge for painting my townhouse. I lived in the town house for 5 years and I believe it to be his responsibility to repaint. He acknowledged that the painter did a poor job and had someone come in a make repairs to the drywall and the contractor never came back and painted over the marks they left. I just need to know how long do I give him before i take him to court.

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