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Security deposit (by Joe [DC]) Oct 5, 2010 10:52 AM
       Security deposit (by John... [MI]) Oct 5, 2010 11:53 AM
       Security deposit (by Steve [TN]) Oct 5, 2010 12:40 PM
       Security deposit (by in [IN]) Oct 7, 2010 5:39 AM

Security deposit (by Joe [DC]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2010 10:52 AM

State Specific Question About: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC)

I am sure this is a common occurence where the tenant wants to use the security deposit as the last month's rent. What can be done about it?

Security deposit (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2010 11:53 AM

Unless your local laws say that you have to, just make it clear that that is not allowed. When they tell you that they want to do it, tell them that they can't and still need to pay the rent when due. As soon as it is late, post a proper x-Day notice per your local laws so that they know you are serious. Remind them that they will get the S/D back after move out as long as things are as they are supposed to be. Some will pay at this point.

The problem is that some won't. And, it often isn't worth continuing the eviction as far as the legal system goes due to additional costs and such. Unless you expect there is significant damage -- in which case, absolutely continue the eviction so that you can get a judgment if you end up having to use the S/D for damage.

- John...

Security deposit (by Steve [TN]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2010 12:40 PM

One thing that will help is to make sure that the SD is a different amount than the rent. --216.79.xx.xx

Security deposit (by in [IN]) Posted on: Oct 7, 2010 5:39 AM

Put it in the lease the SD can not be used as last months rent, and solve the problem.

When they move out you still could have outstanding utility bills,,

Damages can be hide behind furniture and pictures, and closed doors,

This is a business, run it like one...

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