Fifty Ways to Leave Your Landlord

There must be fifty ways to leave your landlord, but if you want your security deposit back, it is more complicated that to just drop off the key to get yourself free. If you slip out the back to terminate your lease early, you may not be able to get your security deposit, and furthermore, you may still owe rent after you have gone. If you hop on the bus and do not leave a forwarding address, it will be difficult for your landlord to send you your money (or notice of what happened to it). The answer is easy if you take it logically: Landlords have fifteen days to return your security deposit.  That gives them the opportunity to examine fully the property for damages.  Then, the landlord has up to 30 days to send you written notice after you leave to tell you they are keeping all or part of your deposit.  If you think that is a dirty deal, you have 15 days to notify your landlord in writing (Certified Mail, return receipt requested). There must be fifty ways to leave your landlord, but if you want your security deposit back, the best way is to follow […] Read More

Tracking Your Rental Security Deposit

Have you checked the couch?  Maybe behind the stove?  When you move out of a rental unit, where does your security deposit go?  One of two things may legally happen: Thing 1: Landlords have fifteen days to return your security deposit (giving them time to thoroughly inspect the property and decide if there are any damages beyond “normal wear and tear”). OR Thing 2: Landlords have thirty days to tell you they are keeping your deposit.  They have to notify you in writing within thirty days after you move out to let you know if they are keeping all or part of your deposit. If you disagree with the landlord keeping all or part of your deposit, you have fifteen days to object by notifying your landlord in writing (Certified Mail, return receipt requested). Remember, if you want to leave early, you can move out, but you may lose your deposit…and you may still be responsible for rent after you move out. Make sure you leave your forwarding address with your landlord. Otherwise it is difficult to get your money or a notice of what happened to your money!   Read More

Reminder to Renters Moving Out

Landlords have fifteen days to return your security deposit.  No matter how clean and ‘undemolished’ you left your rental unit, you may have to wait up to 15 days to have your good deeds acknowledged.  That gives landlords the opportunity to examine fully the property for damages. Furthermore, the landlord has up to 30 days to send you written notice after you leave to tell you they are keeping all or part of your deposit.  If you think that is a dirty deal, you have 15 days to notify your landlord in writing (Certified Mail, return receipt requested). Note that if you terminate your lease early, you may not be able to get your deposit back. Landlord-tenant relationships can get messy.  Keep your lease clean by following proper legal procedures.   Read More