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Can my landlord demand money or keep my rent deposit because they say I left the place in bad condition?

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Can my landlord demand money or keep my rent deposit because they say I left the place in bad condition?
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Can my landlord demand money or keep my rent deposit because they say I left the place in bad condition?
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August 31, 2015
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When you move out, try to make sure your place is reasonably clean and not damaged.

If your landlord claims you left the place damaged or dirty, they might come after you for money. If you paid a security deposit when you moved in, they might try to keep it even though they are only allowed to use it for rent.

And they will probably not give you a good reference when you are looking for a new place to live.

Even if you leave the place in good condition, the landlord might still claim that you didn't. So it is a good idea to make sure you can prove it.

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