Security Deposit Itemization Form
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Avoid disputes over the security deposit -- fill out this form after your tenant moves out
What happens to the security deposit can be one of the most troublesome issues between landlords and tenants. Avoid disputes and document your legal deductions from the deposit by filling out Nolo's Security Deposit Itemization Form after tenants leave. Detail exactly how much you're deducting from the deposit, and why.
With Nolo's Security Deposit Itemization Form, the tenant will know why you've made deductions, and you'll have a written record in case there's a dispute about what happened to the deposit money.
How should I make deductions for cleaning and repairs?
Start by comparing the condition of the unit to its condition when the tenant moved in. If the unit's condition reflects only ordinary wear and tear, you can't make deductions for cleaning or repair. If the unit shows damage beyond normal wear and tear, however, you may use the security deposit to cover reasonable cost of repairs and cleaning.
How do I deduct for unpaid rent?
You can also deduct any unpaid rent from a tenant's security deposit. This includes unpaid utility charges or other financial obligations required under your lease or rental agreement and designated as "additional rent."