What deductions from your security deposit are not permitted?

Security deposit regulations are usually comprised in a States Landlord Tenant Act. In most cases, security deposits may be used only for damage caused by the tenant within the confines of the living space. For instance, even if a tenant were to damage something in a common area, the cost of repairs would have to be billed separately. It could not be withheld from the security deposit. Any normal wear and tear or damage during normal use is generally excluded. Excepting some clauses for carpet cleaning and so forth, if it wasn't damaged through neglect or abuse by the tenant, it isn't the tenant's responsibility. 

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