My tenant had a yr lease, but gave notice of not renewing in the right amout of time. The tenant however asked if she could move out early. I agreed to this , and she haned in her keys knowing she could still live there till the end of the rental agreement, but wanted to move early. She failed to give me an address so that I could send her an itemized list of damages to the property. She sent me a text message 9 days before my 30 days to send her a list of damages and deductions to the security deposit were due asking if she was getting back her security deposit. By her surrendering her keys to me early is that when the 30 days starts where I can send her damages for security or does it start at the end of the rental agreement?Her actual lease was up july 31. She moved and handed in the keys on july 15th, and never gave me a new address. Yesterday August 21st I got a message from her asking if she was getting her deposit back , and I told her that the 30 days was up and that she hadn't given me her new address to forward any list of damages . Now that the 30 days has passed under 68 P.S. 250.512 I am not lible to give it back. Do I still have to send her a list of damages or Just a letter saying that because she did not give me a new address i am not liable to send any deposits back? what should I do now?
The clock began ticking the day she turned in keys as part of your new agreement.
Why don't you avoid the issue wasting time in court by getting your invoice out to her within the deadline. If you frittered away the extra time you had, banking on the idea that you had 30 days after the contracted date--chaulk it up to a good learning experience and make sure it doesn't happen again. See 250.512 at http://www.thelpa.com/lpa/landlord-tenant-law/pennsylvania-security-deposit-law.html
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You have tried to add a twist to your question when you said " knowing she could still live there till the end ..." If you had the keys, then she surrendered the premises and you accepted to premises from her. Under 68 P.S. 250.512, the clock began to run when you got the keys.
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Both of the other attorneys are correct. Under 68 P.S. 250.512, the 30 days started the moment you took over control of the property. I would reccomend getting the list done before the 30 days are up. There is one saving grace. Section E of 250.512 reads as follows: Failure of the tenant to provide the landlord with his new address in writing upon termination of the lease or upon surrender and acceptance of the leasehold premises
shall relieve the landlord from any liability under this section.
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