Rent and Security Deposits

Paying your rent is probably the simplest part of renting a house or apartment, assuming you have the money; you simply pay the rent according to these terms set in the rental agreement. However, it is a very important part of the rental arrangement and there are laws that solely address the paying of rent and security deposits. Security deposits are sums of money held by the landlord to pay for any damage in the unit at the end of the lease period, and state laws dictate how soon it must be repaid after the lease ends. This section includes information about rent and rent control, in-depth tips on paying security deposits, how to protect your security deposit, rules and advice for landlords, and more.

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