5 Reasons a Landlord Might Keep Your Security Deposit

As long as a tenant abides by the terms of their lease and keeps their unit in good condition, they should expect a full refund of their deposit when their lease expires. Each state's laws are different when it comes to keeping your security deposit. Here are 5 reasons a landlord might keep all or a portion of your deposit:

  1. Early termination of your lease

  2. Nonpayment of rent - a breach of lease

  3. Damage to the property

  4. Cleaning costs

  5. Money owed for utilities


Be sure to have a conversation with your landlord at lease signing about your security deposit in addition to checking the laws of the state, city, and county where the property is located.

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