What Can A Landlord Use My Security Deposit For?

California Civil Code Section 1950.5(b) allows a landlord to deduct the cost of cleaning necessary to put the unit back to the level of cleanliness it was in when you moved into it. A landlord is not allowed to use the deposit to pay for painting or new carpets unless there was serious damage to them by the renter.

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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