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Landlord kept the security deposit

Generally, a landlord must return the security deposit, plus interest, to the tenant within 21 days of the move-out date OR give the tenant a written explanation as to why the landlord is keeping some or all of the security deposit. Reasons a landlord might keep the security deposit include:

  • non-payment of rent,
  • damage to property beyond normal wear & tear, and/or
  • other money tenant owes to landlord (for example, for unpaid water bill, if there was an agreement that tenant would pay the water bill).

If the tenant believes the landlord has wrongly kept the security deposit, she can sue the landlord in Conciliation Court to recover the money.

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