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Security Deposit

Posted by Sri on June 29, 1999 at 09:01:28:

Hello All:

I requested some input to my question on security deposit
on 6/21. May be I didn't provide enough details that I
didn't get any response.

I vacated the apartment in Washington DC 8 months prior
to the lease expiry. The apartment complex is in high
demand that the LL has rented it out within a week. They
held the security deposit as penalty for terminating the
lease, and asked me to pay rent until the unit is re-rented.
When I browsed through "TRUTH IN RENTING" brochure in New
Jersey, they had indicated that the LL cannot use security
deposit towards anything but paying for cleaning the
apartment or fixing any broken things after the tenant
leaves. Is that true in DC as well? Can my LL hold security
deposit although I submitted the apartment in mint condition,
and also the unit has been re-rented within a week?

Thank you for your input in advance.

regards
sri

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