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Deposit question?

If you put a deposit on a house(renting), but then something happens and you cant move in, can the landlord legally keep the deposit?

 
BIMOM21

Asked by BIMOM21 at 8:40 PM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Money & Work

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Answers (8)
  • They usually even say a NON REFUNDABLE deposit when applying
    Chrystal_A

    Answer by Chrystal_A at 9:43 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • Usually, yes, because he/she could have turned away other possible tenants thinking you would live there. So yes, legally the landlord can keep it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:41 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • I believe so b/c he/she held the house for "x" amount of time that it could have been on the market so I think that he/she can. I am not 100% sure but I think so.
    micrespo

    Answer by micrespo at 8:42 PM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • It depends on where you live.
    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 6:51 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • More than likely,. yes
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:27 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • Yes they can keep the deposit.
    Chrystal_A

    Answer by Chrystal_A at 9:42 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • Yes they can keep it , unless the reason that you are backing out of the contract is because of something they did to misrepresent themselves. If you are backing out because you changed your mind, or found something else, they get to keep it. If you hadn't made the offer to rent, they could have already found someone else to rent it to, essentially that money was your word that you were moving in.
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 11:35 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • We never signed a lease when we handed him the deposit, and he never told us we would not get it back if we couldnt move in. So there is and was no contract.
    BIMOM21

    Answer by BIMOM21 at 3:28 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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