Security Deposits

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

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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.

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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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Information for residents of San Mateo county.

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

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