- September 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm #251612
I’m the Landlord.
1. Tenant broke lease by moving before end of lease. Must I return security deposit 21 days after tenant says he’s vacated but his car and some personal effects are still at property & he continues to occasionally visit the property?
2. Or does the 21 day deposit return timing begin once tenant picks up his car and clears out his personal items?
3. He’s vacated. Is he still responsible to pay rent until a new tenant is found & a new lease signed or until end of lease? Thank you.September 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm #255421
Thanks for visiting our site and posting on the forum. These are great questions. Leases and landlord tenant law vary by state. We have a helpful landlord tenant guide with an interactive state map that I’ve included a link to. https://fitsmallbusiness.com/landlord-tenant-law/
Generally, if the tenant breaks the lease, still owes rent or damages the property, these costs are deducted from the security deposit. If the tenant has moved out, vacated the property, and broken the lease but still have personal property on the property, then they haven’t technically vacated the property. I would communicate with the tenant and if they don’t remove their belongings by a certain date, then you may have to goto court so you can remove their belongings and change the locks in accordance with the law.
All the best,
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