Retired LL's suggestion:
Even if the LL messed up a number of steps, which I suspect he has, it may take a lawyer more than a few hours of work at say $ 250/hr billable rate to do the work necessary for good odds in court and that does not even address the costs of actually collecting it if you do prevail --you can easily run up $1000+ of legal expenses! And many a lawyer knows you will be very unhappy at that point!
I have no doubt the LL cut more than one corner on the KS security deposit return law found at KS 58 -2550 --and the law provides for a 150% surcharge on the security due you if you can prove he bungled it. Read the rules carefully, follow the steps to a T and go after the LL.
Odds in may a courtroom favor a tenant especially if LL has a single speck of dirt on his hands .
BTW, generally a LL is not entitled to recover for things of ordinary wear and tear --and failure to provide a timely list of claimed damages may be a killer to LLs point of view.
And if a unit is not legally fit for habitation or lawfully licesnes for rental use if such is required the LL may have deeper problems --but you best have some other independent way to make that point(s) ----
How big a security depost hangs in the balance ---?
IF you are a glutton for paper drills and have 10-15 hours to spare ---go for it?