Posts Filed Under Security Deposits & Damages

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Security Deposit Refunds: What Landlords Need to Know

So, you’ve bid adieu to your tenants, and now it’s time to navigate the maze of refunding their security deposit. But hold your horses! Before you jump into this process, let’s delve into what many landlords overlook, potentially leading to sticky situations and even legal repercussions. Timely Refunds In California, the clock starts ticking the ..Read More

Can I Increase the Security Deposit Mid Lease?

The ability to unilaterally change the terms of a month-to-month agreement by providing a thirty-day notice of change of terms of tenancy grants landlords a certain degree of flexibility in adjusting the conditions of the rental agreement. This mechanism allows for a timely and transparent communication of modifications, fostering a sense of fairness between landlords ..Read More

Tenant Refuses to Provide Forwarding Address – What Can I Do?

Under California law, the handling of a tenant’s security deposit is subject to specific regulations to ensure fair and transparent practices. One crucial requirement is that landlords must provide a written account of the security deposit within 21 days of the tenant vacating the unit.  This detailed breakdown must include any deductions made, especially for ..Read More

Security Deposits Frequently Asked Questions

In California, landlords typically require a security deposit, which is usually equivalent to one month’s rent. The purpose of this deposit is to protect against damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear, and to mitigate any financial losses in the event of a tenant breaking the lease early and failing to pay rent. ..Read More

How to Avoid Security Deposit Disputes in California

The biggest and most common issue between landlords and tenants are by far late or nonpayment of rent. The handling of security deposits are a very close second. Most of the issues lie in how landlords and tenants each think they work or what they’re for. The fact is these two ideas or concepts are ..Read More

Normal Wear and Tear vs Damage in California Rental Property

Updated 04/18/24 In a rental property, there is a distinction between “wear and tear” and “damages” that is important for both landlords and tenants to understand. Here’s the difference between the two terms: Wear and Tear: Damages: Table of Contents Once a tenant has vacated your rental property, the landlord has 21 days to give ..Read More

California Security Deposit Laws: What Landlords Must Know

What is a Security Deposit? It is a sum typically in the form of cash. This sum is paid by the tenant to the landlord before moving in to the rental property whether it’s a lease or a rental agreement. The amount of the security deposit is determined according to the monthly rent. That is, ..Read More

Should I Let my Tenants Use up the Security Deposit as Rent?

The security deposit is an important part of any tenancy agreement because it ensures that the landlord would always have some security money from the tenant which can be used up in case of any emergency during the tenancy period. The bond normally comes in handy when the tenant disappears all of a sudden or ..Read More

What Can You Do If Your Property Has Been Damaged By Your Tenant

A landlord is faced by a constant worry when renting out their property, and that is due to property damage by the tenant. Although, the security deposit you take when renting out the property may be enough to cover the damage, it is important to know the recourse after damage, and how to make repairs. ..Read More