This month’s newsletter focuses on security deposits. In our blog and video, we break down California’s security deposit law, explaining a tenant’s right to a pre-move-out inspection, a landlord’s responsibility to return an itemized statement and/or the security deposit balance, and who between landlord and tenant is responsible for different types of repairs to a rental unit after a tenancy ends.
This month we’d also like to share a success story involving the representation of a twenty-four-year-old college student named “Sofia” (not her real name). The daughter Guatemalan farmers, Sofia immigrated to the United States on her own a few years ago, learned English in high school, and is currently a college student at San Francisco State University, where she earns top grades and is the recipient of numerous scholarships. Sofia, her four siblings, brother-in-law, and two young nephews had been living in a rental unit in San Francisco since early 2016. Earlier this year, after their landlord stopped paying rent to the owner, the owner filed an unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuit against the landlord and obtained a judgment. Although they had always paid their rent to the landlord on time and done nothing wrong, Sofia and her family were facing imminent removal from their rental unit when they retained Tenant Law Group. With our assistance, Sofia prevailed on a long-shot request to the court, earning her family much-needed additional time to find a new place to live. We are thrilled to report Sofia and her family recently secured new housing.
Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Associate E. Susie Mendoza passed the July 2018 California Bar Exam and will soon be joining the ranks of California attorneys. Congratulations, Susie!
As always, we thank you for your continued support of Tenant Law Group. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
Eric L. Toscano
CEO & Managing Attorney
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SECURITY DEPOSIT, A DAMAGE DEPOSIT, AND A PET DEPOSIT?
WHAT ARE SECURITY DEPOSITS AND HOW CAN I GET MINE BACK?
When you enter a lease for a rental unit, odds are your landlord will ask you for a security deposit. While a security deposit may be referred to as a “deposit,” “pet deposit,” or “damage deposit,” the law governing its collection, use, and disposition is the same.
California’s Security Deposit Law
California Civil Code section 1950.5 is the law governing security deposits in California. A landlord may ask for a maximum of two months’ rent for unfurnished rental units and three months’ rent for furnished rental units. A landlord may require payment of the first month’s rent separate and apart from the security deposit prior to move-in.
A security deposit may be used “for any purpose,” including but not limited to...
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