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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 III: The Return of the Security Deposit

In our last article in this series, we provided some recommendations for what a tenant should look for in a rental unit before the rental period begins.  Now let’s focus on what happens when it’s time for the security deposit to be returned.

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:

Security Deposits, Part I: Inspecting and Documenting the Rental Unit PRIOR to Move-In

Landlords often ask tenants for a deposit, or “security deposit”, as a condition of moving into a rental unit.  The landlord holds the deposit to safeguard his property against the potential risks of allowing a tenant to live there.  At the end of the tenancy, the landlord may lawfully elect to use part or all of the security deposit to pay for:

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