Can Landlord Increase My Security Deposit? Q&A

Q. I have lived in the same apartment complex for over two years. When I first rented the apartment I paid a $650 security deposit, which was equal to my monthly rent. I have been a good tenant, have not damaged my apartment nor have I brought in to my residence any pets. A few days ago, I received a notice that he is raising my security deposit by $100. Without justification for raising my security deposit, it does not seem right...

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I’m Being Evicted. What Happens If I Lose My Case?

The judge will sign a “writ” ordering the sheriff or marshal to physically eject you if you don’t leave within a certain period of time (usually 5 days from the courts final verdict). Your lawyer might be able to persuade the judge to give you a “stay” – extending this period for a week or longer in order to provide you with more time to find alternative living arrangements and to store your...

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My Lease Is Up But I Don’t Want To Move. What Are My Rights?

Even if you don’t want to move, if your landlord insists upon it you will probably have to. A lease is a contract, and both sides are bound by it. If you agreed to a one-year lease, neither party is required to renew it when the year runs out. But if the landlord refuses to renew because he doesn’t like your race (or the race of your visitors, etc.) or to punish you for your exercise of some legal rights, any attempt to...

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What Should I Do If I Get A Eviction Notice?

First, if you can, figure out what kind of “eviction notice” it is. If the paper is from the landlord himself, it is probably a notice he is required to give you before he can file a lawsuit. It might say, “Pay the rent or vacate in 3 days” or the like. If you fail to do either during the stated time, he may then file his eviction lawsuit in court. If the paper is from the court, it is probably a summons...

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Make A Moving Checklist – Relocation Tips

Have a moving checklist and give yourself more time than you think you’ll need to get organized. You’ll need it.   Keep all documents relating to your move in a file folder or container so as to access them easily if you need to.   Inform the relevant utility companies of your pending move. Make arrangements with the service providers at your destination.    If yours is to be a long distance move, make sure...

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