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With security deposits, expect documentation of large charges

Apr 26 2013 | 10:30 am - Q. I recently moved out of a rental home. My understanding is I can be charged for any cleaning that is reasonable. Of a $2,500 deposit, I was charged $1,600 for cleaning based on a $35 per hour rate. Is that "reasonable?"

The legal way to get your tenants to pay got natural gas

Apr 12 2013 | 5:30 pm - Q. I currently have leases with all 10 tenants in my building where I pay gas and they pay electricity. All the units have gas wall heaters. I recently realized that the large majority of the tenants left their heaters on during the day.

Roommates want to break lease following break-in

Mar 14 2013 | 5:18 pm - Q. Our apartment was recently burglarized. The landlord hasn't done anything to make my roommates and me feel safer. We would like to move out, but still have six months left on our lease.

Unusual rent delivery method causes rift between landlord, tenant

Feb 16 2013 | 9:48 am - Q. I own a house that I am currently renting to a tenant on a one-year lease. But over the months things have been getting very uncomfortable for me, and I would appreciate your advice.

Landlord is required to return any overpayment of rent

Feb 01 2013 | 10:22 am - Q. I rent an apartment on a month-to-month basis and have given 30-day written notice to terminate my tenancy. It will expire on the seventh day of next month. I didn't know that I would be changing jobs until the day I gave notice so I have already...

Landlord says tenant's destruction requires fire safety upgrades

Jan 18 2013 | 11:36 am - Q. Recently, one of my tenants kicked in one of the entrance doors to get into the apartment. They are double-door entries and he is now claiming the lock was not working. Of course, he had never complained about it and seemed to think of this...

New landlord's obligations for return of security deposit

Jan 04 2013 | 12:52 pm - Q. I am a landlord who purchased a small apartment building approximately four years ago. Recently, a tenant who was there when I bought the building moved out, and this is the first time any tenant has moved out since I purchased the property.

Tenant claims penalty for minor cat damage is unfair

Dec 28 2012 | 1:53 pm - Q. I am a renter who recently vacated a rental property, and I have an issue with the owner over a pet security deposit. When I moved in, the landlord required both a security deposit and a pet deposit.

Rental forum: New parking policy favors garage sales over tenants

Dec 09 2012 | 6:17 am - Q. I am a renter and we have a unique situation in our apartment building. When I first moved in a few years ago, there was nothing about assigned parking in my lease, but it does say that parking is available on a "first-come, first-served" basis...

Tenant claims fees for repainting, garbage removal are exaggerated

Nov 21 2012 | 6:28 pm - Q. I vacated my rental house after living there for five years. I had paid a $650 deposit when I moved in. Per the landlord-tenant act in my state, the landlord is required to provide a detailed itemized statement or accounting and a refund of any...

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