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Can I withhold my rent for last month of tenancy if I anticipate that landlord will screw me out of security deposit?

Fairfield, CT |

Notified landlord 6 weeks in advance that I'm moving out (lease expired a while ago and I've been month-to-month since). Following my notice, landlord made unreasonable demands that I clean and fix the place up so he can show it to prospective tenants. Did the best I could and permitted access to realtor and prospective tenants. However, since I'm in the midst of packing up, the place is now very cluttered. Landlord got pissed and ordered me to clean it and make all sorts of repairs for which I am not responsible. Landlord also entered onto property (driveway) without giving me any prior notice. Landlord has one month security, which I am convinced he will keep in its entirety based on invalid/non-existent damages. I feel he has also screwed me out of my quiet enjoyment for this month.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. You could expose yourself to further liability by doing so.


  2. Take A Lot Of Pictures Of The Place Once You're Cleared Out. Do A WalkThrough With The Landlord And If Possible Have Someone Else Present With You. If Your Landlord Fails To Send You Your Security Deposit Timely, Along With Accrued Interest And He Does Not Have a Valid ReasonThen You Can Sue In Small Claims Court.

    Disclaimer: The foregoing answer does not create an attorney-client relationship with Attorney Cannella or her firm. This answer does not constitute legal advice, is provided for informational and educational purposes only for persons interested in the subject matter, is not legal opinion, nor confidential in nature. Each situation is fact specific and may be subject to state specific laws. Without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem fully.

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