In most jurisdictions, landlords are able to deduct the cost of damage that occurs during your tenancy period from your security deposit. However, most jurisdictions have laws that prevent landlords from deducting those damages that are "normal wear and tear."
The following are some examples of normal wear and tear and deductible damages:
If you are a landlord who is being challenged on security deposit deductions, or are a tenant who feels they have been unfairly charged by your landlord, the advice of a landlord-tenant attorney can be extremely helpful. An experienced landlord-tenant lawyer can explain how the laws in your area affect your rights and duties.
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