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Documentation Is Your Best Defense When Making Security Deposit Deductions - Written by Brent Kernan - Posted Feb 15, 2015

Protect Yourself With Photos

So, you are charging a tenant for repairs and cleaning at move-out and deducting those charges from the tenant’s security deposit. You review your move-in and move-out inspection forms. You prepare the itemized disposition of the security deposit form (ideally, using the EBRHA model form), send a check to the tenant for the balance, and you’re done. Right?

Possibly not. A tenant can still challenge your retention of the security deposit in small claims court on the basis . . .

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