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Security Deposits

Charges Exceeding Deposit

The tenant is responsible to pay for all proper charges for unpaid, past-due rent, costs to repair damages above normal wear and tear, and costs to clean the property, even when those charges exceed the amount of the security deposit. The landlord can rightly report that the tenant owes money on the property if these charges are not paid, which can make finding a new rental property very difficult for the tenant and can hurt the tenant’s credit score. The landlord can also sue the tenant to collect these amounts. The tenant should always review these charges from the landlord and demand verification for any charges that seem unreasonably high or otherwise improper. The tenant should pay any proper charges as they come due.

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