My tenants stopped paying rent two months ago and I sent them a Notice to Quit. They did move out within the ten days and turned in the keys. But they left so much trash and things they didn't want behind, I'm going to have to hire someone to remove it. Between that, repairing the damage, and that I'm going to have to hire someone to clean the house, I'm expecting all of this to consume the security deposit. After I get repair estimates, it may exceed the security deposit. Either way, what should I do now? Should I send them a letter indicating that I am withholding their security deposit and explain why? Or is it better to go to court to get a ruling on the costs to remove the junk, clean the house, and repair the damage?
Please consult with a landlord tenant lawyer as soon as possible. You must comply with the law regarding abandoned property and the law regarding security deposits and there are consequences if you do not do so in s timely manner. It's too much to explain in this forum.
Leslie A. Margolies, Esq. is an attorney and Director of The Real Estate Law Group which provides affordable legal representation (sliding scale) for people with property problems in all counties of Pennsylvania. Her services include real estate and landlord tenant litigation, real estate transactions and document preparation. Please note that responses to questions on this website are for general purposes only. Such responses may not be considered legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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