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In California, can a landlord keep part of your security deposit

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In California, can a landlord keep part of your security deposit for late fees? The landlord never asked for late fees during the lease but is now holding on to $1200 in "late fees".
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  lwpat replied 7 years ago.
If late fees are allowed by the lease and you were late with the rent, then they can charge you. However, 1200 seems to be excessive and here I would file in small claims and make him prove the amount to the jduge. It will be worth the trouble. Here is the info<br /><br /><a href="http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/" target="_blank">http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/</a>
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