Your landlord can charge up to two months rent for an unfurnished apartment (three months for a furnished one) as a security deposit. Your landlord must refund any portion of the security deposit when you move out of the rental, except for sums the law allows the landlord to keep in any one or more of the following situations:
• You owe rent;
• You leave the rental less clean than when you moved in;
• You have damaged the rental beyond normal wear and tear; and
• You fail to restore personal property (such as keys or furniture), other than because of normal wear and tear.
For more on your rights as a tenant see this publication: California Tenantswww.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf
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Yes, the landlord may ask for a security deposit of $950 when your monthly rent is $850.
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Yes. Under California law, your landlord can charge up to two month
Pursuant to CA Civil Code section 1950.5, within 21 days after you move out, your landlord must refund any portion of the security deposit when you move out of the rental, except for sums the law allows the landlord to keep under Civil Code section 1950.5 (but the landlord must provide you with an itemized deduction within the 21 days).
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