Dear PoP – Another Tenant issue question

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“Dear PoP,

When a landlord determines that there has been damage that needs repair, what is his or her responsibility to defend the expenditure of the security deposit? Must he or she provide documentation of the damage caused and the repair costs? What if any laws are in place to protect tenants from landlords who abuse their security deposit and to ensure the deposit is used only for legitimate repair purposes?”

Anyone ever dealt with landlords using your security deposit before?

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