The landlord can make claims on your deposit for past due rent and damages to the property or other monies owed under the contract. He has to make a claim on your deposit to that effect. If he does not follow proper procedure, you may have a claim against the landlord for return of your deposit. Once the landlord has another tenant sign the lease, you are relieved from any rent obligations.
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The landlord may deduct all necessary and reasonable repairs (itemized) from your deposit and if it does not cover all, charge you the added $200. And, the terms of early release of lease can include a requirement that all owed and unpaid rent be brought up to even.
I agree with Attorney Brinkmeier. Read your lease for the provisions he pointed out.
-Michael R. Juarez Law Office of Juarez and Schaeffer PO Box 16216 San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 804-4327 www.jslaw.org Mike@jslaw.org This posting is provided for “information purposes” only and should not be relied upon as "legal advice." Nothing transmitted from this posting constitutes the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. Applicability of the legal principles discussed here may differ substantially in individual situations or in different jurisdictions.