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How long do I have to return a security deposit? Tenant violated the No Pets clause of the lease.

Chatham, IL |

How long do I have to assess the damage of the home and to return the security deposit if any? It is a single family home and she violated the terms of the agreement.

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Dear Landlord: As mentioned above, you have 30 days from the date that the Tenant tendered possession to provide an itemize list of the damages and the estimated cost of repair. You can only deduct the cost of the repairs, nothing for simply violating the "no pets" provision. After that, you need to send the Tenant copies of the paid receipts and the balance of the security deposit within 15 days.

Some ordinances provide stiff penalties to the Landlord if you fail to comply with these requirements. So make sure that you are in full compliance.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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You have 30 days from move out to give tenant an itemized list of deductions and then another 15 days after that (so 45 total). If you're not deducting for damages, the 45 days also applies.

Note that if you're deducting for damages, the itemized list must be accompanied by receipts for actual work performed or written estimates for work to be performed.

This answer is intended as informational only, and does not constitute legal advice or form an attorney-client relationship between us.

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