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Getting my rental deposit back (Istanbul)

I am hoping someone will have some advice for me. We rented a 3 BR flat from an Emlak for 1 month in Istanbul. We paid 1 month's deposit Protected content rent and the landlord is not paying our deposit back, saying he doesn't have the money. He said he will pay us when he finds another tenant, but it's been months and he hasn't paid us back. The owner admitted we left the apartment in BETTER condition than when we rented it, having hired maids, and didn't cause any damage.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how we can get our deposit back? Unfortunately, we don't have a contract, per se, but we have a signed paper in English saying he accepted our deposit and rent. Any help would be appreciated!

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