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If an individual pays a security deposit on an apartment and the application is rejected, how long does the person holding the security deposit have to return the funds?

The landlord has a duty to return the securideposit within thirty(30) days after an

application is rejected. If the amount paid was deposit to keep the property off the market, it

would generally not be refundable. The ans er depends on the agreement between you and the

landlord at the time of payment. Always get a eceipt for any deposit or fee that you pay. If the

fee is refundable, ask the landlord to put that information on the receipt.

I made an application to move into an apartment and gave the manager $100 as a deposit to hold the apartment. I have decided that I do not want the apartment. Does the landlord have to refund the deposit?

No, the landlord does not have to refund the deposit unless otherwise agreed upon by you

and the landlord. The purpose of this deposit wasto have the landlord take the property off the

market while you decided whether ornot to rent it. For this reason,it is usually not refundable.

It is important any time you pay money to a landlord to get a written statement of the amount

paid and under what circumstances it will be refunded to you.


Can a landlord charge different rents for the same type of unit?

A landlord can charge different rates for identical apartment units if both the landlord and

the tenant agree to the rental rate. Howeverthe landlord cannot base the difference in rent on

the tenant's race, color, religion, sex, national orin, disability or family status. In addition, a

landlord may not advertise rents at one rate and then rent them at a higher rate.

How often can a private landlord raise the rent in a year? Is there a limit on how much rent can be raised each time an increase is made? What protection do renters have against rent increases?

The answers to these questions will be found iyour lease. If there is a lease, rent can

only be increased as allowed under the terms of te lease. The lease determines whether or not

and how often the landlord can raise the rent. The best protection against rent increases is a lease


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