When you and a tenant sign a rental agreement or lease, you both are bound to the terms of the contract. Most times, however, it will be the tenant who initiates the early termination of a lease, either intentionally or unintentionally. It is rare that a landlord or property owner breaks a lease. Of course, it does happen; it is just a very infrequent occurrence.read more
When it comes to security deposits, there seems to be various opinions on what can and cannot be held when a tenant vacates a rental unit. However, the law is very clear on what is allowed. Generally speaking, “normal” wear and tear cannot be paid for out of a security deposit; excessive filth and damage can.
The laws governing security deposits are fairly consistent throughout the States. Of course, there are variations between jurisdictions, so please check your local laws and statutes before you proceed.read more