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Landlord Newsletter - Security Deposit Deductions

The LPA Newsletter,
August 2005

Dear Fellow Landlord,

In this issue of The LPA Newsletter, we have:

  • Landlord Special Report #27: What do I do if the tenant argues about deductions from the security deposit?

    Please e-mail us if you have any questions or would like to add or share any material / information. I hope this month's newsletter finds you well and in a successful landlording season.
    John Nuzzolese



    What do I do if....
    the Tenant Argues About Deductions From the Security Deposit?

    Have you ever had a tenant agree with the deductions you've had to take out of their security deposit? It would be extremely rare if you had. Most tenants are offended and hostile once they realize you have not returned their full security deposit. Even after doing all your landlord homework and supplying them a copy of your filled out and completed Security Settlement Statement and Property Condition Report & Checklist signed by the tenants themselves, you will still have an argument from some tenants. More often than not, an offended tenant will threaten to sue you for the deposit. The arguments and calls from the former tenants can turn into harassment and encroach on your valuable time and business. If you feel the situation is heading in that direction, it may be time to use the Security Settlement Challenge Crusher. I have used this tool many times and it has worked every time.

    The purpose of the Security Settlement Challenge Crusher Letter is to quickly squash any unfounded tenant arguments about deductions from the security deposit refund.

    Even though the Security Settlement Statement has already itemized the deductions in detail for the tenant, some people will still be determined to fight for what they feel is their money.

    If you've held back deposit money from former tenants, you have probably been through some uncomfortable confrontations with the tenants who believe they are entitled to more of a refund. It is common to hear them boast about leaving the rental "better than it was at move in." It seems like they go in with eyes wide open and leave with blinders on.

    The Security Settlement Challenge Crusher document explains that careful thought and time went into handling the security settlement. It also instructs the tenant to bring a copy of the lease, settlement statement, etc. to their attorney for review and explanation. That suggestion usually takes the wind out of their sails because they were thinking of trying to intimidate you by threatening to go to their lawyer. They now know that you are not afraid. You're actually asking them to go to their lawyer because you know they haven't a leg to stand on. Your paperwork is complete and in order.

    Please keep in mind, the Security Settlement Challenge Crusher is a Landlord Protection tool and not a weapon. It should be used carefully and fairly.

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