Real Estate

Security Deposits

In California, the amount that a landlord can deduct from a residential security deposit is governed by California Civil Code Section 1950.5(b). A landlord is allowed to deduct money only for unpaid rent (including utilities), damage beyond normal wear and tear, and reasonable cleaning costs. If she deducts over $125 from the security deposit, then

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Breaking a Lease

A lease obligates both you and your landlord for a set period of time. Under a typical lease, a landlord can’t raise the rent or change other terms, until the lease runs out (unless the lease itself provides for a change). A landlord can’t force you to move out before the lease ends, unless you

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