Reasons to Keep a Security DepositThe main reason that landlords get into trouble with security deposits is that they make deductions that are not legal or allowed. Normal wear and tear is expected, and the landlord’s responsibility to repair. So, you will have to pay to repair those small nail holes in the walls from where pictures were hanging and those scuffs on the wall from where the sofa was resting. The things that you can deduct for include:
- Overdue or unpaid rent.
- Property damage from abuse or neglect.
- Lease violations.
- Unpaid utility bills.
- Cleaning costs.