Can A Landlord Keep A Security Deposit?

It depends upon the tenant`s actions and the terms of the written lease (if any). If the lease does not forbid a landlord to keep a security deposit for unpaid rent, the landlord may withhold the security deposit for any unpaid rent. If the tenant does damage to a property, then the landlord may deduct the itemized damages from the security.

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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