why a landlord keep the deposit?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    They can keep it if you leave owing money and/or leave any needed cleaning or damages.  If the deposit does not cover it they can sue you for the ballance. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Damage to the lessors property is one reason.

  • 4 weeks ago

    A landlord can keep the deposit if there are valid costs that mean it's used to return the property to a required standard, including repairs and cleaning. The landlord has to provide receipts of such costs.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Lots of reasons.  You left the place dirty, did not have the carpet professionally cleaned, caused damages, failed to pay enough rent, didn't give proper notice.  Perhaps, all of the above.  You ought to know.  We can only guess.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    If you don't leave the place ''as you found it'' then the landlord can (and will) use the deposit money to have the place cleaned properly .. and replace anything that is damaged.

    That's what ''the deposit'' is for .. so if you've broken things, and left the place filthy, then you may not get anything back.

    Normally the landlord will inspect the place before you leave, with you there  .. so that you can't say ''I didn't do that'' afterwards

    and also, you should have signed something to say that ''the scratch on the door'' or ''the stain on the carpet'' was already there before you moved in .. so that the landlord can't say ''You did that''.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Usually, they return all or part of the deposit.

    However, part of the reason for the deposit is to cover damages caused by the tenant, if this is beyond normal wear and tear. Like if they have to clean the place for the next tenants.

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