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Dear PoPville – Withholding security deposit for “landlord tenant search/selection”?

by Prince Of Petworth July 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm 42 Comments


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Dear PoPville,

I recently had to break a lease, in which the landlord and I agreed that if we were able to find a new tenant prior to her losing any rent, she would return my security deposit (less cleaning fees and minor wear and tear). We did find a new tenant, and she also refunded me a prorated portion of rent.

When she returned my security deposit, she added an expense of “Landlord tenant search/selection.” Is it legal for her to charge me for the fees she has incurred for finding a new tenant? I am thankful I did receive most of my deposit back, but I don’t feel that this charge ($250) seems reasonable to be incurred by a tenant.

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