Landlording & Rental Properties

Landlord Security Deposit Laws: Use, Refund & Restrictions

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The volatile residential real estate market that is currently affecting thousands of homeowners across the country will undoubtedly force many people to postpone their dream of homeownership and settle for life as a tenant in a rental property. As more and more individuals and families enter into short and long-term leases, it is essential for [...] View the full article: Landlord Security Deposit Laws: Use, Refund & Restrictions on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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    Andy
    Replied about 12 years ago
    These are some strict rules by the landlord. Im not to sure whether i agree with this billing strategy, or whether it is morally or ethically correct. Andy
    Ter
    Replied about 12 years ago
    Hi, I was renting a room at a privately owened condo. I moved out Aug. 31,07. They cashed my last utilities check on Oct. 15,07. I requested the security deposit back several times. They send me a certified letter on Dec. 7, 07 stating that I now owe for damages for the carpet, when there were none. Isn’t the landlord responsible to give you an itemized list within 30 days for damages? How can she possible keep the security deposit 3 months later without ever notifiying us of damages? Can’t we bring her to small claims for double the amount for not telling us in a timely manner? Thanks any helps would be great.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied about 12 years ago
    I’m not a lawyer, but in California, you’d be right (I’m almost positive). I’d look into local law (maybe call the local housing officials) and find out. This is only a guess, but it does sound like you may have a case here, for sure!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied about 12 years ago
    I’m not a lawyer, but in California, you’d be right (I’m almost positive). I’d look into local law (maybe call the local housing officials) and find out. This is only a guess, but it does sound like you may have a case here, for sure!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied about 12 years ago
    I’m not a lawyer, but in California, you’d be right (I’m almost positive). I’d look into local law (maybe call the local housing officials) and find out. This is only a guess, but it does sound like you may have a case here, for sure!
    Hammad Malik
    Replied over 8 years ago
    I am a landlord in Maryland. My tenant is in the last two months of her lease. She is refusing to pay one months rent and is insisting I use the security deposit for rent. I know this is not allowed under Maryland law. I just do not know what remedies I have other then going through the eviction process. The tenant knows that the eviction process will not be complete prior to the end of the lease. Can anyone provide any information?
    Ratiba
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hi – I’ve been renting a furnished apartment for less than 90 days in Washington D.C. The corporate housing agent refuses to refund our deposit despite confirming that apartment was left in good shape. They are not returning our calls or emails. I am currently on assignment abroad and will not return to US before 2014. I’d like to know if… 1) is it legal to ask for a deposit for a stay of less than 90 days. we were charged a tax, just as a hotel would. 2) which body regulates short term/corporate housing? 3) can I leave it for now and go to small claims court when I return to D.C. in 2014 or is there prescription? Thanks for replies. Reply Report comment
    Ratiba
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hi – I’ve been renting a furnished apartment for less than 90 days in Washington D.C. The corporate housing agent refuses to refund our deposit despite confirming that apartment was left in good shape. They are not returning our calls or emails. I am currently on assignment abroad and will not return to US before 2014. I’d like to know if… 1) is it legal to ask for a deposit for a stay of less than 90 days. we were charged a tax, just as a hotel would. 2) which body regulates short term/corporate housing? 3) can I leave it for now and go to small claims court when I return to D.C. in 2014 or is there prescription? Thanks for replies.
    Ratiba
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hi – I’ve been renting a furnished apartment for less than 90 days in Washington D.C. The corporate housing agent refuses to refund our deposit despite confirming that apartment was left in good shape. They are not returning our calls or emails. I am currently on assignment abroad and will not return to US before 2014. I’d like to know if… 1) is it legal to ask for a deposit for a stay of less than 90 days. we were charged a tax, just as a hotel would. 2) which body regulates short term/corporate housing? 3) can I leave it for now and go to small claims court when I return to D.C. in 2014 or is there prescription? Thanks for replies.
    lynnette
    Replied about 3 years ago
    Hie i was renting a 5 roomed house and paid a security deposit of $250.00 and i did not sign a lease agreement all agreements were made verbally. When i decided to move out i told my landlord to use my security deposit to pay my water bill because i had arrears amounting to the security deposit since no damage was done to the house.She refused and said i must pay my bill and that she will not give me back my security deposit because i gave her a short notice but there was no agreement signed that if i give her a short notice she wont give me my deposit.please advice
    lynnette
    Replied about 3 years ago
    Hie i was renting a 5 roomed house and paid a security deposit of $250.00 and i did not sign a lease agreement all agreements were made verbally. When i decided to move out i told my landlord to use my security deposit to pay my water bill because i had arrears amounting to the security deposit since no damage was done to the house.She refused and said i must pay my bill and that she will not give me back my security deposit because i gave her a short notice but there was no agreement signed that if i give her a short notice she wont give me my deposit.please advice