As A Landlord What Can I Deduct From A Tenant's Security Deposit?

All or part of the security deposit may be retained by the landlord to compensate for physical damage caused to the premises by the tenant or members of the tenant`s household, pets or guests. A landlord cannot retain a security deposit to cover normal wear and tear. A landlord can also deduct from the security deposit unpaid rent, late charges, unpaid utilities which the tenant is responsible for under the terms of the lease or for actual damages caused by the tenant`s breach of the lease or rental agreement.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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