Join the 9 million people who found a smarter way to get Expert help

Recent Security Deposit questions

We have been renting for 5 1/2 yrs and the owner recently

Hello. We have been renting for 5 1/2 yrs and the owner recently put the house on the market. We did not want to purchase this home and found a nicer home to buy. We close on our home Oct 24th and I told the landlord we would be out by the 31st. Our rent is paid for Oct as well. Am I obligated by law to allow showings on the home we are currently renting? I feel this is an invasion of our privacy and is very inconvenient as we are trying to pack and I am only being given a few hours notice. Please advise...Thank you!!

Read more

Barrister

Attorney/Landlord/Realtor

Doctoral Degree

47,144 satisfied customers
This question is for only, as it is a continuation of our

This question is for RICHARD only, as it is a continuation of our previous conversation. Thank-you.Just wanted to update you as to what has happened since our last conversation and find out how to best proceed at this point.As you know, the tenants sent a demand letter for their SD trebled within 10 days. After our conversation, I withdrew our good faith offer, since they hadn't signed it and it had technically expired anyway.Their demand for the SD trebled was set to expire 9/18 @ 6:00pm. We were supposed to meet at the house at 2:00pm on 9/18. I was there at the house waiting for them, but they no showed. I took pictures of the check in the house (date/time stamped) to show I was there. The next morning we mailed out the check via certified mail. I took copies of the letter I sent accompanying the check, too.The letter went like this:Dear *****antha, Anna and Jane,Enclosed you will find a check for your security deposit plus interest, as requested. Since you did not meet me a the house yesterday to collect it in person, we are mailing it to you via certified mail.Please remember that we are not releasing you from the lease. The current lease will remain in full effect until it expires on 10/31/16. We will continue to advertise and shoe the house to find new tenants.Your Security Deposit Demand Letter dated September 8, 2016 demanding trebled security deposit within 10 days was a bullying tactic to intimidate us and sadly, it worked. As a result, we did make a good faith offer before speaking with an attorney. Since you didn't sign it and return it back to us within the 7 days, we withdrew the offer. An offer that is made under coercion and duress is not legally binding and would not be upheld in a court of law. Furthermore, extortion is a crime in and of itself.While we would certainly like to put this behind us and move on, there are many issues that must be resolved before we can do so.We are willing to work with you, if you want to try to find a mutually acceptable and fair resolution. It would need to be one that benefits everyone equally and not just one party.Thank-you."They did get the letter/check(they signed for it), but they have not cashed or deposited it as of yet.My husband is worried that they will claim that they never got the check or that they didn't get it by their deadline. We know that they are liars and manipulators, so he is afraid that they will say there was no check. Honestly, I can't even imagine why anyone would spend the money to send a certified mail if it didn't contain something important to start with, but maybe they would do that. I don't know.My husband wants to send them a letter telling them that if they don't cash or deposit the check, that will issue another to be delivered by the sheriff's department. Does that make sense?We are waiting for the repair estimates on the floor and as soon as we get them, we will be sending them an invoice and a demand letter for the damages.As per my husband's request, we did send them a demand letter for the rent owed for the additional tenant that they never informed us about. I'll attach that letter.At this point, all we want is to get the repairs fixed so that we can rent the house to new tenants. So, we are going to send a demand letter for the property damage as soon as we get the estimates. We know that we will have to sue and it is going to take time to get it IF we can get it. We'll also sue for the last month's rent if they don't pay for October, since we can't get tenants until the repairs are done.Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!

Read more

Richard

Owner

Doctoral Degree

47,048 satisfied customers
Yeah I moved into an apartment on August 12th of this year.

Yeah I moved into an apartment on August 12th of this year. Less than 30 days after moving in we had a termite infestation in our bedroom, which they came in and vacuumed them and told us not to open the windows. This left our house extrmeley hot and stuffy, but if we opened the windows termites were pouring in. So fast forward to this Sunday, they infested the apartment again and even more this time. The maintenance vacuumed them and then AGAIN yesterday they came back, and we found them in our clothes, shoe boxes, even eating into our brand new furtnireJA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: CAJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: No.....we asked them very specifically if they have any issue with pests and they said no and did not include any type of disclosureJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No not at this point

Read more

legalgems

Juris Doctorate

13,796 satisfied customers
Is there any legal timeframe that a landlord has to fix a

Is there any legal timeframe that a landlord has to fix a sewage leak in an apartment? It is leaking from the floor under my sink, toilet and the toilet also backed up.

Read more

Lucy, Esq.

Juris Doctor

30,322 satisfied customers
Issue with home owner. She is asking us to pay for the

Issue with home owner. She is asking us to pay for the sewage blockage which was not caused by us. It had wet wipes and we never used one. The toilet overflowed when my son was sleeping and we were away on vacation.

Read more

Damien Bosco

Attorney

Doctoral Degree

3,090 satisfied customers
I have asked the same question twice, and been asked to rate

I have asked the same question twice, and been asked to rate the answer both times, but as far as I know have never been given an answer....JA: Where is the property located?Customer: In Washington state.JA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: No. I am deciding what to do.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Did you get my question?

Read more

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney At Law

Doctoral Degree

108,100 satisfied customers
I'm a tenant in Las Vegas,NV finishing a lease on 09/30 My

I'm a tenant in Las Vegas,NV finishing a lease on 09/30My lease is with a property company,LSI, but I know the owner.I asked the homeowner would she said accept my security deposit for the last months (SeptRent and she agreed.The property managers said no and want me to pay last month and penalties and late fees.both the homeowner and myself acted in good faithDoes the homeowner have the right to accept security deposit for last month of rent?Thanks

Read more

Asad Rahman

Attorney

J.D.

3,122 satisfied customers
We have just ended a 4 year rental of a house in MD. We made

We have just ended a 4 year rental of a house in MD. We made a 6k deposit and was paying $3,100 per month. When we moved out we left it broom clean as it was stated in our lease. We left no trash or debris of any kind, vacuumed all the rooms and had the family room professionally cleaned and wiped down counters. The landlord came to us and said we had to have the entire house professionally cleaned because the owners were returning and wanted to stay there for a while. We pointed out to the landlord that the lease states the house should be returned "broom clean" and that was what we had done. Landlord said because we didn't clean the toilets and the oven and have all the carpet cleaned which is only upstairs that she was going to deduct it from our deposit. She also pointed out that the grass wasn't cut but we moved out on 9/2 and the grass was cut that very weekend but landlord did not come to inspect the property until 9/12. We offered to pay $200 toward the cost of cleaning the toilets stove and fridge but she is insisting that we pay full cost for professional cleaning and leaving no expense toward landlord or owners. We have been excellent tenants for 4 years! Rent never late and when owners and landlord visited the property they always complimented us on how well we maintained the house. Never any complaints. Owners and landlord were just at the house in July and asked if we wanted to extend the lease another year. Now they want to make us pay all costs to do what is expected of a landlord. Not willing to pay any part of general cleaning. Absolutely no damage done to the house not even a smudge on the walls. When owners came in July they thought we had painted the house, that's how well kept it was. We had the grass cut every 2 weeks even paid $400 this spring for mulch and hedge trimming. Are we right in refusing to pay full cost for cleaning entire house professionally ?

Read more

Richard

Owner

Doctoral Degree

47,048 satisfied customers
I own a condo in Miami-Dade. The condo is vacant. It has an

I own a condo in Miami-Dade.The condo is vacant.It has an attached garage that another resident wants to rent from me.Can you send me a sample of a 1 page month to month agreement to lease the garage that we can both sign?Thank you!

Read more

KJL LAW

Juris Doctorate

1,174 satisfied customers
View more real estate law questions
In The News