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Thank you for your patience.So long as the landlord doesn't exceed the allowed total amount of the security deposit (which in Virginia is two months rent), there is nothing that prohibits a landlord from seeking the additional amount.Here is the relevant statute (it's very long so I didn't copy and paste it here).If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. Your satisfaction is my goal and I am here to help!Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating. Thank you!
Thank you for your reply. I need to add a caveat to my answer. The Virginia statutes don't specifically address the idea of an additional deposit -they only mention that a landlord cannot seek more than double the rent.However, the caveat is that you have to look to the contract. Unless the contract allows the landlord to demand an extra security, then the landlord would be in breach of contract by insisting that a tenant pay it. In other words, if the lease says something like "Tenant to pay security deposit in the amount equal to one month's rent upon move in" -the parties must abide by that. Of course come lease renewal time, the landlord can seek an additional deposit, or the parties can agree to amend the contract to allow for an additional deposit.Now, if the lease does have language that says the landlord is entitled to seek an additional deposit at any time during the lease (e.g., maybe you get a pet 3 months after moving in and the landlord wishes to protect themselves against the possible damages a pet could do) then such would be allowable because the lease provides for it.I've had such a clause written into a lease for an apartment I rented in Florida -and indeed, I got a dog about 8 months into my lease and ended up paying more security.