Topic: Can landlord keep part of security deposit JUST for breaking the lease?
Can landlord keep part of security deposit JUST for breaking the lease?
It is stated in the signed lease agreement:
“Owner may keep all or part of the security deposit for: Moving prior to the completion of the term of this lease.” (among other things)
I read up on NOLO.com that fees are allowed for breaking leases unless prohibited by the state law. I looked up DC housing regulations (Title 14) and don’t see a restriction anywhere on fees for breaking lease. It describes how the security deposit must be returned within 30 days of notification that some of the deposit is being withheld and that must provide an itemized list of the amounts that are not being returned.
Is this legal because it is stated in the lease and the DC law does not state that it is NOT allowed?