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Security Deposits

Statute on Refunds Security deposit issues are governed by state law.  Under Civil Code section 1950.5, a landlord may collect up to two month’s rent for deposits on unfurnished apartments and three months for furnished apartments.  There is no such thing as a non-refundable security deposit.  Any money paid over the amount of the first month’s rent is refundable. Normal Wear and Tear If you owe back rent or you have damaged your apartment beyond “normal wear and tear,” your… Read More »

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