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How to Sue Your Landlord: Overview
How to file and win a small claims court case against your landlord
Filing a Security Deposit Lawsuit Against the Landlord
State-by-state tenant guides to security deposit lawsuits in small claims court.
Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In
Record the condition of the property to safeguard your security deposit.
Get Your Security Deposit Back
Don't let your landlord stiff you -- know the law.
Chart: Deadline for Returning Security Deposits, State-by-State
State deadlines for itemizing and returning tenants' security deposits.
Chart: Cleaning and Repairs a Landlord Can Deduct From a Security Deposit
Landlords are permitted to deduct from security deposits for damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear.
How Your Landlord's Bankruptcy or Property Sale Affects Your Deposit
Here's what happens to your deposit if your landlord goes bankrupt or sells your rental property,
How to Negotiate or Mediate a Landlord-Tenant Dispute
Why negotiation and mediation are good ways to resolve landlord-tenant disputes
Tenants' Rights: When to Hire a Lawyer
Protect your rights as a renter by hiring a lawyer when necessary.
Sample Demand Letter for Return of Security Deposit
How a demand letter can help get your security deposit back
Limits on Amount and Use of Security Deposits
Security Deposit Limits and Uses: Overview
State rules on security deposit uses and dollar limits
State by State Security Deposit Limits
Learn how much security deposit a landlord can charge in your state.
More on Limits and Deadlines in Your State »
Select your state to learn about details on security deposit limits and deadlines.
Are You Entitled to Interest on Your Deposit?
Not all states require landlords to pay interest on deposits
Last Month's Rent
Don't assume that the deposit will cover the last month's rent unless the landlord agrees.
Questions on Security Deposits
What is a security deposit?
Can my ex-landlord bill me months later for supposed damages?
Can the landlord take money out of my deposit because the carpet is worn?
The landlord left town with my security deposit -- now what?
Can I find out if my landlord is a frequent visitor to small claims court?
Must I leave my security deposit with my college apartment-mates?
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