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Returning Security Deposit
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Federal Law : United States Of America

The landlord can deduct damages and missed rent from the security deposit, subject to state laws. For example, the landlord forfeits the ability to make deductions from the security deposit in DC if they miss a narrow deadline to do so. In some states, if tenants don’t provide the landlord a forwarding address, the tenant may forfeit their deposit... Read more...

State Law : District of Columbia

D.C. landlords have strict rules on deducting repair costs from security deposits. Inspections must be done in a strictly specified time period, landlords must give a written notice explaining their intention to deduct money from the rent, and present an itemized statement of the repair costs. Failure to follow these procedures can result in up to a $5000 fine per violation... Read more...

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