Security Deposits, Part IV – Options if the landlord refuses to return the deposit

Our final blog post in the series on security deposits will discuss a tenant’s options if he or she feels their landlord is wrongfully deducting or withholding the security deposit after move-out.

Security Deposits, Part II – Requesting an Initial Move Out Inspection

By requesting a move out inspection PRIOR to the move out, a tenant gets the chance to try and make some the repairs or do the cleaning before the landlord deducts the costs of repair/cleaning from the security deposit.  Here’s how it works:

California Landlord-Tenant: Tenant Move-Out Process

The past few unlawful detainer articles posted have addressed landlords’ efforts in removing tenants from a property, but what happens when a tenant wants to move out on his or her own accord?


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