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Security Deposit without Inventory Checklist

Grand Rapids, MI |

Tenants weren't provided with inventory checklist, but landlords have a checklist of conditions of rental house prior to tenants occupancy. Can security deposit still be kept for any damages done above normal wear and tear if documented by pictures of house prior to tenants occupancy?

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The landlord is supposed to provide the tenant with an inventory checklist so disputes like this don't happen. If you have pictures from before you moved in and pictures showing now, that should be evidence enough to get your security deposit back. If the landlord doesn't have a checklist that you signed or intitialed, he really doesn't have anything to go on. If he doesn't return the security deposit, tell him that you are going to sue him to get it back.

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