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You are only reasonable for damage that you caused BEYOND normal wear and tear. Items wear out in the normal course of living on a property especially in a furnished property. landlord can withhold from the security deposit only those amounts that are reasonably necessary for these purposes. You most likely had a security deposit in which a landlord normally deducts any damage a tenant may cause during their tenancy. The security deposit cannot be used for repairing defects that existed in the unit before you moved in, for conditions caused by normal wear and tear during your tenancy or previous tenancies, or for cleaning a rental unit that is as clean as it was when you moved in. Civil Code Section 1950.5(b),(e). Since you lived there for 8 years there should be a lot of wear and tear and you will not be responsible for purchasing new furniture or even small items that have been misplaced. The damage must go beyond normal wear and tear and this is a very broad term. I would just discuss this topic with your landlord and you will probably be surprised that you can come to any agreement pretty easily. You should definitely not have to buy new furniture for items that have 8 years of wear and tear.
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