No part of the security deposit can be “non-refundable.” (Civil Code section 1950.5(m)). It is totally irrelevant how long you have lived in your apartment -- 3 hours, 3 days, 3 months, 300 years. If you paid a security deposit and you move-out a landlord (or apartment manager) must return your deposit -- or give you an itemized list of what is being deducted and why -- within 21 calendar days of the date you vacate the premises. Period. End of story. No exceptions.
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Landlords take security deposit in order to protect themselves against risks of nonpayment of rent, or damages to the rented premises. The deposit is not dependent on how long tenant occupies the premises; if tenant damages the premises or fails to pay rent, the landlord may take a portion or all of the security deposit to cover such damages. Once you surrender the premises back to your landlord, your landlord has 21 calendar days to provide you an itemization of deductions made, and refund the balance of your security deposit to you. Take a look at the link below. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
Neither does Civil Code section 1950.5. Doesn't matter if your there for 3 days, 3 months or 3 years, a security deposit is provided to cover your potential breach, not as a profit center. This landlord needs to be taken to small claims court for the return of your deposit
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