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I am a landlord and at present a service member is renting

an appartment from me.He has...
i am a landlord and at present a service member is renting an appartment from me.He has signed one year lease but now he has been called on duty to Afghanistan and is vacating on 25th August.I understand a lease is nullified under these cicumstances but he is also asking me to refund him prorated money for six days he is not staying.Am I not entitled to receive at least full months rent which he has already paid?
JA: No, you can ask a one off question to try things out.
Customer: I don't understand what you are saying.Do I have to refund the money for the five days
JA: You just pay a $5 deposit now and the rest only when you get a reply from the Military Lawyer. All of this is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can get a refund if you're not happy for any reason.
Customer: What is the total charge?
JA: You just pay a $5 deposit now and the rest only when you get a reply from the Military Lawyer. All of this is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can get a refund if you're not happy for any reason.
Customer: how do I pay $5
JA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.
Customer: ok
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: Virginia
JA: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
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Allen M., Esq.
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

You are not legally obligated to refund the 5 days that he won't be living in the house. The termination doesn't become effective until the last day of the month following the month in which proper notice is given. The idea is that the rent runs through the end of that month.

It doesn't mean that he can't ask, but not he is not legally entitled to that under the SCRA.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
With the same renter I have in the lease written to return the security deposit within 2 weeks of vacating the apartment. Under SCRA do I have to return the security deposit on the same day of his departure?

The law just states it has to be returned at the termination of the lease.

It can be interpreted to require returning it on the date they break the lease.

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