A security deposit may be used by the landlord to recover payment for:
Damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear.
Cleaning of the unit.
Other costs provided for in the contract.
If a deposit is specifically designated for "cleaning" or
"keys", it should then be used only for that purpose.
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There is never a completely
safe way to break a lease.
If you feel you have a good
reason to break your lease, like the conditions in your
apartment are bad, you still take a risk when you move out
before your lease has expired. If your landlord sues you
for rent or damages after you leave, it will be up to a
judge to determine whether you had a good enough reason to
break your lease. To protect yourself if you do break the
lease, you should give the landlord as much notice as
possible that you are moving. Your landlord has a duty to
try to re-rent the apartment. After you move, watch the
paper for ads, and keep an eye on the property you
vacated. Once someone moves in, you are no longer
responsible for the rent because your landlord cannot
collect rent twice for the same apartment. The landlord
can collect the difference between the old rent and the
new rent, under certain conditions.
Once a landlord rents a
property, he gives up the right to enter the property at
any time. A landlord should give a tenant at least 24
hours written notice in order to enter the property for
any non-emergency reason. If possible, a landlord should
talk to the tenant and work out a time that is acceptable
to both and put that time in writing.