|If you're in a landlord/tenant dispute over a security deposit,|
you have certain legal rights.
Wrongful Withholding of Security Deposits Act
Reasons to Withhold a Security Deposit
The law is clear when it comes to the situations in which a landlord may keep all or a portion of a tenant’s security deposit.
- Property damage not attributed to normal wear and tear
- Unpaid rent
- Abandonment of the rental property
- Tenant’s unpaid utility, repair and cleaning bills
Tenants who have not received their security deposit and an itemized deduction statement within the appropriate time period should pursue legal action, as should any renter who has had a security deposit withheld for inappropriate reasons, such as to repair problems caused by normal wear and tear. If the landlord does not provide an itemized deduction statement, he may be required to forfeit any amount of the deposit that was withheld, even if it could have been rightfully withheld.
Resolving Landlord/Tenant Disputes Over Security Deposits
Eric L. Nesbitt, Esq.
Law Offices of Eric L. Nesbitt, PC
Nesbitt Law Offices Website