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When Can a Landlord Keep a Security Deposit?

  Many of us have been renters at one point in our adult lives, so most of us are familiar with security deposits.  A security deposit is there to protect the landlord for the risk they undertake in allowing what is usually a relative stranger to take possession of their property.  If all goes well, the tenant should receive the entire security deposit back when they move out of the landlord’s property.  In fact, if you are a tenant about to sign a residential lease, keep in mind that it is against the law for the landlord to charge you a “nonrefundable” deposit! But when is a landlord entitled to keep a security deposit?  While residential security deposits cannot be nonrefundable, they are usually forfeitable, meaning

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