Can a landlord keep my deposit if I never signed a lease and I never even actually lived in the apartment?

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you never signed a written lease for the unit that you were to occupy but gave the potential landlord a deposit for the unit but never moved into it, under the laws of all states in this country the landlord is required to give the prospective tenant his or her deposit back upon request for such. You are entitled to the return of your deposit from the potential landlord.

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