I recently had tenants move out and discovered evidence that they hid a pet in violation of the no pet policy. What avenues of recourse do I have regarding their violation of the pet policy? Would I be able to withhold their entire security deposit?
Well it depends on your lease and the landlord tenant laws of wherever your rental is. Some places allow you to withhold the actual cost of cleaning. Does your security deposit have a non-refundable portion for cleaning, or was it just an overall security deposit? It's very unlikely that you can just withhold the entire security deposit just because they lied about a pet.
Overall security deposit, I expected as much. Thanks.