Security Deposits

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Oral agreements, harassment, notices, deposits, and repairs.

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The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side "served" with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.

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Landlords and tenants have legal rights and responsibilities. The following information explains the law in a question answer format. It is written from the perspective of Orange County tenancies; those located outside of Orange County might be governed by different laws and requirements.

Landlords pay tenants interest on security deposits while the landlord has it.

Within 21 days after the tenant moves out, the landlord must mail or give the tenant a list of items the landlord deducted from the security deposit and return any remaining money from the deposit.

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This resource discusses a law that allows a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, abuse of an elder or dependent adult, or human trafficking to break his/her rental lease without penalty.

Information for residents of San Mateo county.

Topics such as: repair issues; security deposits; interest on security deposits, and the rent board fee; eviction issues; landlord petitions and passthroughs tenant petitions; annual allowable rent increases and banked rent increases; hearings, mediations and appeals; utility passthroughs; water revenue bond passthroughs.

A security deposit is any money a landlord takes from a tenant other than rent.

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