If part of my security deposit was withheld but my landlor didn’t provide an itemized list within 30 days, did they break the law?

I was not present when they determined what was going to be deducted. We had a walk through but they would not discuss with me what would be deducted they said it was up to maintenance. They only marked down carpet was dirty and drip pans were dirty.

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


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country when a landlord debits a tenant's security deposit upon move out, the landlord is required to provide a written itemization of the costs of repairs. The comments about a dirty carpet and dirty drip pans is insufficient as a debit. The costs of clean up and/or repair need to be stated as well as an invoice by the person who did such.

From what you have written, your landlord has violated provisions of your state's civil code regarding the return of your security deposit.


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