Security Deposit Guide for Landlords Cleaning advice for tenants and landlords: 2 months ago   03:10

DeDe's Rentals & Management The most common problem a landlord will likely encounter is the security deposit refund accounting after tenancy ends. If not addressed properly, the landlord can face the risk of being sued and taken to small claims court by their tenant.

To understand the laws and calculations associated with the security deposit return, one must first understand what a security deposit may be used for.

California Civil Code 1950.5 specifically allows the landlord to use a tenant's security deposit for only four purposes:

For unpaid rent;

For cleaning the rental unit when the tenant moves out, returning the unit to as clean a condition as it was when the tenant first moved in;

For repair of damages caused by the tenant or the tenant's guest in excess of normal wear and tear, and

If the lease or rental agreement allows it, for the cost of restoring or replacing furniture, furnishings, or other items of personal property (including keys), other than deterioration due to normal wear and tear.

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Cleaning advice for tenants and landlords: Security Deposit Guide for Landlords 2 months ago   02:42

Mike Morgan, Director of Dispute Resolution at TDS, gives advice on the thorny topic of cleanliness at the end of tenancy, and how to avoid deposit disputes around this common issue.