My apartment building was sold in the past 6 months. The new owners have been completely gutting and renovating units as people have moved out; the work is going on for months. I'm planning to move out at the end of the month and wondering how much I need to worry about cleaning or repairing any minor damage if they're just going to do the same thing to my unit.
Additionally, if they do charge me for any damages do I have any recourse to argue that they shouldn't have because they weren't preserving whatever it was any way?
Obviously not expecting any binding legal advice on this, more curious if anyone has had similar experiences or any pointers to share.
posted by chriswarren
on May 16, 2014 -
We rented a house in Skokie, and the landlord used an office-supply-store-pre-printed lease form for the city. It included a copy of the Chicago RLTO
as part of the form. Understanding that YANML, does this incorporate the requirements of the RLTO into the terms of the lease? If so, he'd be required to submit receipts meet deadlines for the return of the deposit. Or is he only bound by State Law (which for a single-family home, seems to require bupkus). He only returned half of our security deposit. Is it worth fighting for the other half ($600)? If I accept and deposit the $600 he sent, am I hurting my chances of getting the rest? [more inside]
posted by Morydd
on Sep 16, 2013 -
After renting a room for almost 2 years, I broke the lease 1.5 months early (gave 1.5 months notice). I ensured that someone else was going to move into my room 1 week after I move out (so my landlord only has a 1 week gap in receiving rent checks). It's been almost 2 months and my landlord hasn't sent me my deposit, and is saying he will only give me 1/2 of it back. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be.
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I'm subletting my room in a Capitol Hill, Washington DC rowhouse for 1 month. I pay $1250 for rent, and I'm thinking about charging $1050 in rent for a subletter to make sure I get someone for July. My security deposit with the landlord is about $1000. The landlord knows I'm subletting it and is totally OK with it, as long as I'm responsible for any potential damage. So would it be unreasonable to require a $1000 security deposit for a 1-month sublet? How about $750? $500? [more inside]
posted by catquas
on Jun 27, 2013 -
Our former landlord is trying to withhold our security deposit and charge us $3,000+ for damages we did not cause. We just received her letter itemizing the "charges" and I just want to make sure we are covering our bases, as it's my first time in this situation. We are in Prince George County, Maryland. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard
on Nov 8, 2012 -
Virginia rental dispute II: Disputed their damages bill into a giant vat of nothingness, and months later they want me to call them back. Should I call them or not? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness
on Sep 10, 2012 -
Virginia-tenant-filter: I moved out, they sent me a big bill with a short deadline. Dispute damages first, lawyer later? Or lawyer now for the dispute? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness
on Jul 16, 2012 -
Moving out of my apartment and I have a few questions on how to handle the last month of rent and the security deposit. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater
on May 21, 2012 -
I live in the state of pennsylvania in montgomery county.I rented apartment from craigslist on a verbal monthly lease with $650 security deposit. After 8 months I gave the landlord moving out notice of 30 days to find a new tenant. its been almost 11 months and she has not given me $300 of the initial security deposit back.
I cleaned the house and she had no issues.
Is there any way i can get the money back. I have tried to contact the person multiple times through email and phone but no reply.
posted by radsqd
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Security Deposit & Home Improve Filter: We moved into a brand new house and when we moved out, there were some damages on the floor. Turns out these “engineered” hardwood floor that requires a removal of an entire area for a few inches of damage.
1) Is this actually required to fix engineered hardwood floors?
2) Is this legal to charge us for an entire section of undamaged area for inches of damage?
Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by vocpanda
on Nov 23, 2011 -
SecurityDepositFilter: I think I'm being screwed in Virginia. The situation is complicating by many factors, but mainly by the unwillingness for either the landlord or primary tenant to communicate with me. I was a subtenant with no written lease but a legitimate verbal agreement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 10, 2011 -
I am subletting a room in a four bedroom apartment from a person I met on craigslist. This person moved out/I moved in in March. He's still on the lease and I am also on the lease. Please help me understand how my landlord is handling our security deposits. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu
on May 22, 2011 -
Taking over the lease for one roommate in a four person household. I was originally told that I needed to pay first and last month's rent to move in: first month to the landlord and last month's to John, the roommate moving out. On moving day I was told that it was actually first and security. I would make the check for security out to John and then the landlord would give me back John's security deposit when I moved out. Confused and exhausted, I wrote a check. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu
on Mar 5, 2011 -
Interested in tenant rights: NYC landlord is asking for more money (additional $1000) than security+pet deposit ($2,400)?? [more inside]
posted by mooselini
on Dec 17, 2010 -
Can I expect my difficult-to-work-with landlord to use my security deposit as my last month's rent? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker
on May 14, 2010 -
How do I get my security deposit back? We bought our first home and moved out of our apartment 6 months in to a 12 month lease and found someone to take over our apartment. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself
on Jan 19, 2010 -
My previous landlord never returned my security deposit ($1,650) last autumn. I live in Chicago. Do I get an attorney (and if so how do I choose one) or do I take it to small claims court myself? What are the pros/cons of either approach? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae
on Feb 23, 2009 -
Landlord/Security deposit/renting filter: GA State law requires the security deposit to be returned within 30 days. My contract says after 60 days. Which wins? [more inside]
posted by djpyk
on Jun 27, 2008 -
How do I get back a security deposit in New York City nearly a year after vacating? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh
on Aug 28, 2007 -
Mass. SecurityDepositSmallClaimsFilter: Buddy's ex-roommate withholding security deposit for no good reason, what should he do? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto
on Feb 1, 2007 -
Landlord Filter: So I'm suing my landlord, help me get my gameplan/choice of action together before I meet a lawyer... [more inside]
posted by stratastar
on Aug 22, 2006 -
I just got a collections notice from my old apartment complex. What do I do to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by electroboy
on Feb 27, 2006 -